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Jay-Z Responds to Harry Belafonte: “My Presence is Charity” – Let Me Explain Why He’s Wrong

wepoap1By Dr. Boyce Watkins

Jay-Z is one of the most respected hip-hop artists in the world.  His lyrical brilliance is second-to-none, and he does things on the mic that most of us could never dream of.  Let’s just get that out of the way right now.

But one interesting thing about money, power and fame is that it can make you very defensive and sometimes even a little arrogant.  This week, Jay-Z spoke to Rap Radar about the recent challenge by activist and entertainer Harry Belafonte, where Harry said that Jay-Z and his lovely wife Beyonce could do more for black people than get us to shake our b*utts and buy their records.

Harry’s words didn’t fall on deaf ears, and Jay came back with a diss record during which he called Harry a “boy” and basically told him that his time of relevance is over.   I personally felt that Jay’s words were both inappropriate and disrespectful, and it seemed that quite a few others felt the same way.

In response to the Belafonte critique and subsequent backlash, here’s what Jay-Z had to say:

 “I’m offended by that because first of all, this is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity. Just who I am, just like Obama is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything, that hope that he provides for a nation and outside of America is enough. Just being who he is. You’re the first black president. If he speaks on any issue or anything, he should be left alone. Of course we want to challenge [Obama] to do better, but I felt like Belafonte just went about it wrong. The way he did it, within the media, and then he bigged up Bruce Springsteen. It was like, ‘Whoa, you just sent the wrong message all around. You just bigged up the white guy against me in the white media.’ I’m not saying that in a racial way. I’m saying what it was just the wrong way to go about it.  My presence is charity! Just this guy who came from Marcy projects apartment 530C, to these places of me playing in Yankee stadium tonight.” –

Call me crazy, but I hear some of where Jay-Z is coming from.  Belafonte’s decision to attack Jay-Z likely triggered an automatic defense mechanism that most mega-celebs have to “brush their shoulders off” when haters come after them.  A better approach might have been that of Oprah Winfrey, who accepted Jay-Z for his imperfections, yet challenged him to do better.  Oprah is joining a group of other billionaires who’ve all agreed to give half of their wealth to charity when they die.  That’s one of the things that makes her special in both physical and spiritual ways.

On the flip side of that, I stick to my original position that Jay-z should respect the fact that Harry is twice his age.  Harry did more for black America before the age of 30 than Jay-Z will probably do for the rest of his life.  He came along during a time when dignity mattered more than diamonds, and standing up for your people meant more than getting cozy with corporate America.  In fact, he risked both his life and his freedom for the black community, and there isn’t a celeb I can think of who would be willing to do the same thing today.  Jay-Z grew up in an era where greed became God, so much of what we’re discussing might be outside his sphere of understanding:  I fully expect that he is going to ignore me.

I’ve never met Jay-Z, but I built a bridge to work closely with his friend, Russell Simmons.  Our common ground leaned on the idea that we both believe that the black community cannot prosper without committing ourselves to ending the criminalization of young black men.  I wish Jay-Z had joined the 175 other celebrities who signed our open letter the president, but for some reason, he did not.

One thing I would hope is that Jay-Z is willing to allow himself to be educated on two points behind his statement about Belafonte.  Without judging too harshly, here are two things that Hova needs to understand:

The first point is that your presence might be meaningful, but symbolism only means so much.  Jay’s comparisons to president Obama are very telling in that both of them seem to believe that it makes sense to compensate the black community with your face, so that they can “watch the throne” and dream about becoming big shots one day themselves. Sure, this might mean something to some people, but it can also be a cop out for a lack of courage and commitment to doing what is right.

An example would be a father who believes that he is being a good role model to his son by simply coming home every day and paying the bills, or a husband who thinks he gave a woman a gift by getting married and doing nothing else.  But this doesn’t include the value of spending time, making sacrifices, and all the other things that come along with being a good partner or parent.  When it comes to public figures who’ve been given power and a voice, simply showing your face means nothing if your presence leads to little or no action on your part.

The second thing that Jay-Z might need to understand is that there is a difference between charity and activism.  Charity is valuable, no question about that.  But the black community isn’t looking for Jay to fund a couple of scholarships or do a few free concerts.  Black America needs public figures with testicular fortitude and the desire to stand up for them when they are suffering.  Anyone who peeks at the quality of life data knows that, without question, black people are suffering in ways that are unimaginable.  Jay-Z and Beyonce have become like the megapastors who roll to church in a Bentley while half of their congregation is starving to d***h.

Slavery wasn’t ended with charity.  The civil rights movement didn’t happen because Dr. King provided symbolism.  Harry Belafonte never once believed that the depth of his obligation to his people simply meant showing his face and saying “Watch the throne b*tches and give me your last twenty dollars.” Harry’s actions meant connecting to the depth of his manhood, making tremendous sacrifices, marching, organizing, testifying, refusing to perform, boycotting, speaking out, taking risks and doing all that he could to prove himself to be a worthy soldier on the battlefield of equality.

Mind you, not every entertainer is expected to be a soldier like Harry Belafonte.  He was certainly one of a kind.  But Jay-Z can learn a thing or two from the Sports Illustrated poll which asked if Michael Jordan or Muhammad Ali was the greatest athlete of the 20th century:  Both men are champions.  Both men were the best in their sports.  Both men are admired around the world.  But when it was all said and done, the contest wasn’t even close.

The reason that Ali dwarfed Michael Jordan is because for Michael, his inability to give to a cause greater than himself makes him a one-trick pony.  All he is and ever will be is a great basketball player who sold a few gym shoes.  Muhammad Ali transcended his sport and influenced people who’ve never seen a boxing match. He put his career on the line to save thousands of lives from the Vietnam War.  He spoke up about racism during a time when his people were being beaten and killed just for being black.  He sacrificed the peak of his career in order to stand up for his people.   Unlike men like Jay-Z and Jordan, Ali never let a white man turn him into a boy by scaring him into silence.  That’s why he will always be “the greatest.”

Jay-Z:  Your people are suffering unemployment rates that are the worst we’ve seen in decades.  We’re being locked away in a mass incarceration epidemic that is as bad as the Jewish holocaust.  Kids are finishing high school without even knowing how to read.  Young black males who look like you are having their heads blown off on the way to school.

My question is: What in the h*ell are you gonna do about it?  Just show your face and do a few cute little charity events?  Or are you going to think like a man and stand up for the people you love?  Your voice has tremendous power.  You’ve got hundreds of millions of dollars in the bank.  What in the world are you afraid of?  That white people are going to take it all away from you?  It’s one thing for a poor man to be fearful of taking political risks for important causes, but when you are nearly a billionaire and just as fearfully silent, that is tantamount to a form of mental illness.

The final point I’d make to Jay-Z is this:  You came out of the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, defeated the odds, and rose to the top of the world.   This feat didn’t go unnoticed by the millions of 12-year old Jay-Z wannabes, many of whom live in the same projects that you came from.  But the data says that 99.9999% of those young men are never going to get a record deal, marry a woman as gorgeous as Beyonce or fly private jets to foreign lands.  A larger percentage of them are going to end up d**d, in prison, uneducated, unemployed, addicted to drugs and a*****l, and all the other things that happen to countless young black men across the country.

If your massive wealth, power, influence and fame only helps one or two people who came out of Marcy projects and ignores the other thousands of black children who live in the same situation, then the blessings you’ve received from God have been wasted.  God put you on this earth to be a king, but you’ve allowed those around you to convince you to be a mascot.

When you’re standing on the shoulders of giants, you can’t choose to be a spiritual dwarf.  We’ve got 99,000 problems, and you’re only focused on one.  That’s why Harry Belafonte dissed you.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is the author of the lecture series, “The 8 Principles of Black Male Empowerment.”  To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

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  8. BMORETRUTHFUL Reply

    August 11, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I am not sure, what prompted Mr Belafonte to take to the media to shine a
    Light on JayZ and Beyonce. However, when your grandparent decides to
    fan your f***y – IN PUBLIC–evidently, your grandparent had assessed your
    Need for a real sobering moment of self reflection.

    As an ole schooler, myself, in the years that I have followed the longevity,
    eloquence, commitment and dignity Mr Belafonte’s public presence graces
    The worldview, it is A VERY R A R E occasion for this man to go solo public
    about anything. Especially, to go public to pull the — symbol-JZ, and by association,
    ALL rappers / other entertainers —- fake facades down , that are projecting
    Decadent lifestyes to our babies & show our people / the world that when the
    ANCESTORS HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF. YOUR. FOOLISHNESS…. You will
    Get WHAT. YOUR. KARMA. WARRANTS…….my message to JZ… Stay prayed
    Up cause the ancestors ain’t thru with you, yet.
    Hotep…..to Those who know & those who have yet to know !

  9. henderon vaughan Reply

    August 11, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Thanks Dr. for standing up for Our Black Comunity and Youth, we need more voice like you. For Jay-z God will have the last rapp.

    Captain85

    • Tanya Williams Reply

      August 16, 2013 at 11:32 am

      All I can say is “right on, right on!!”

  10. rondmc Reply

    August 11, 2013 at 3:58 am

    Dr. Watkins is the epitome/voice of Black American leadership, no matter how they dress it up/ sugarcoat it…… point blank…r

  11. Just me Reply

    August 7, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Simply put.. Respect your elders. You know better !!

  12. sandra Reply

    August 2, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Old white woman who also grew up in the projects and totally respect and admire Harry Belafonte for putting his heart, soul, physical and mental spirit into righting the wrongs. Jay Z is just like every self centered self serving rich white man that ever came before him. The only one he thinks of all day long is him oh yes and his money. He has got a gigantic ego with no humility and it shows by what he said. Likening himself to Obama was a clue and by the way Obama has gotten real gray doing what he is doin, Jay Z has only gotten rich and richer and it appears that is ALL he is concerned with. I would make book on this man never helping his people. Way too self centered. Ego takes up a Whole room all by itself.

  13. ? Reply

    July 31, 2013 at 2:07 am

    I was taught to respect my elders, my elders respected me by to teaching me morals and respect through example. Colour is irrelevant and so is money. I grew up in the projects and didn’t know I was “poor” until I was older. Where you are raised doesn’t have to define you,but my role model mother made me rich with God’s love. These men grew up in different times and had different social issues to face. A lot of people are so judgmental and negative. I appreciate the foundation Harry began and love hip hop. Thanks to the forefathers for freedom of speech.

  14. Gohan Reply

    July 31, 2013 at 12:32 am

    “We’re being locked away in a mass incarceration epidemic that is as bad as the Jewish holocaust”

    ..Are you kidding me? You lost all credibility with that comment. Do you know anything about the Holocaust or World War II? Black people today, right now, are being treated like the Nazis treated the Jews? Being burnt alive in ovens, gassed, d***h marches, and sent to concentration camps in cattle cars by the millions.. to burn in chimneys and come out as ash? Did the government commission a whole race to be exterminated like the Nazis did? Is this what is happening today in America?

    while I understand the point you are trying to make, the ignorance in that comment is incredibly disrespectful.

    • Go figure Reply

      August 2, 2013 at 9:48 am

      I would just like to reply to your partially educated comment. Although my heart goes out to the Jewish brothers who are still being persecuted, the author, however, is very correct. In response to your statement: although Hitler had done quite a bit of damage, his reign was not that long. Black people suffered mass killings, assaults, tortures, just like the Jews but with much longer duration (over 200 years in this country alone and millions of black people died). A whole city in the south was destroyed at the ending of the nineteenth century because black people were thriving in education and in business – killed by the government at that time. Thousands upon thousands of Africans died from sickness and disease chained on slave ships before they ever reached this country! So please get your facts correct. Although Hitler had done quite a bit of damage, his reign was not that long. This Trevon Martin case is a prime example that even laws are twisted purposely not to work for “us.” “Stand Your Ground law” was set in place for the victim to stand his/her ground, not for the pursuer/attacker.

  15. Cash over everything Reply

    July 30, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    This conversation makes no sense because were focused on a person who is cold if you listen to his music. Me and all of you are sitting here wasting our time trying to change someone who does not understand. There is many people like Jay-Z who just don’t know and will never know. A leader takes it upon their self to be one. They lead because they feel people need to follow. Jay-Z says what he’s the leader of and it’s never been Civil rights

  16. Scott Rank Reply

    July 30, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    First off, Jay Z is a motard. Secondly, the only thing people are hoping when they see Obama is that he gets life in prison for his acts.

    This article started talking about ways to get the black community to….I quit right there, I don’t read racist trash. Why talk about the black community, or the white one, or the hispanic one, etc. Why are you not talking about the community as a whole? I know that if I were ever to stumble into a substantial fortune, I would use it to help my people out; not just my family, but my friends as well they are my people too. Do you think I would exclude my black friends, or Indian friends? Stop publishing racist garbage.

  17. Zanoni Reply

    July 30, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I have tremendous respect for Harry Belafonte and I look up to him as a icon and a role model, but he disrespected Jay-Z. His intention was not to challenge Jay-Z, but to diss him in the media. Belafonte could have chosen better words to challenge Jay-Z, but the way he did it was inappropriate and Jay-Z felt the need to get even by disrespecting him too. Yes, Belafonte has accomplished a lot for the community, but that doesn’t give him the right to arrogantly tell Jay-Z what to do. Jay-Z is first and foremost an entertainer. Whether he chooses to become a role model like Ali or not, that’s up to him. Not every Black Millionaire or celebrity should be a leader. Dr. Watkins, you know very well that Martin Luther King wasn’t a millionaire when he started his movement, Malcolm X wasn’t a celebrity when he started speaking against oppression in our community. So please, stop trying to make every celebrity a leader because they don’t have the credential to be one.

  18. richard jeanty Reply

    July 30, 2013 at 11:50 am

    While I enjoyed the article and the major points highlighted, I beg to differ with Jay Z’s lyrical brilliance. Jay Z will forever remain a mascot,because he built his career as a mascot for white people. Jay Z is the reason why little boys from the ghetto are amused by the lifestyle of hustlers. His one-dimensional rapping style brought no type of innovation to Hip Hop. He has been puppeteered to the point where 99% of his songs are about money, bit#hes, cars, and brand names. Where’s the genius and innovation? Biggie was doing that!

    Jay Z has diluted an art form that was found as a social platform for the ghetto. Grand Master Flash’s “The Message” was the first song that gave way to rap music in mainstream society. Afrika BamBaata, Jungle Brothers, Public Enemy and many other groups uplifted our community with their skills. Maybe I’ve been in the dark, has Jay Z made a song to uplift his community? Jay Z is a c**n and I have no respect for a man who built his reputation on bragging about selling drugs and the women he bedded. Actually, I expected Jay Z to respond the way he did to Mr. Bellafonte, because he has no idea what the Civil Rights Movement was all about. He had to have been in class to hear about it, but he was obviously out of school and missed the whole lesson.

  19. Kaya Kejavu Pambo Reply

    July 30, 2013 at 2:11 am

    yes

  20. susan huff Reply

    July 29, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    THIS IS ONE OF THE PROBLEMS THAT IS GOING ON MORE AND MORE AMONG THE BLACKS….. AS A BLACK PERSON OUR CULTURE IS ABOUT RESPECT TO THE ELDERS… EVERYONE STANDS ON THE SHOULDERS OF THOSE THAT FOUGHT THE BATTLE AND HAS MADE MANY THINGS POSSIBLE…..IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER FOR ALL CONCERNED IF REMARKS HAD BEEN MADE IN PRIVATE… BUT SINCE IT WASN’T, J SHOULD HAVE STILL SHOWN RESPECT TO HIS ELDERS…BUT HE IS TYPICAL OF THE RESPECT LEVEL MANY OF PEOPLE HAVE FALLEN INTO…THEY ONLY RESPECT DOLLAR BILL….

    MONEY IS IMPORTANT, WISH I HAD SOME.. BUT WHAT DOES IT MANNER IF ONE GAINS THE WORLD AND LOSES THEIR SOUL… THE SAD PART ABOUT IT ALL IS THAT WITH ALL JZ HAS… HE’S A VERY SICK PERSON IN HIS SOUL…IT’S REFLECTED IN HIS WORDS… HE HAS NO HONOR.

    ….UGH!

  21. Tonya Reply

    July 29, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Not a big Jay-Z but that aside, I believe this article hits it on the head not just for him but many others who found fame and fortune.

  22. aprilcontessa Reply

    July 29, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Who is Jay-Z to compare himself to an Icon in an era that didn’t celebrate anything brown or black. These people were talented, socially conscious and willing to give back. They at least acted like they cared beyond a dollar bill. Jay-z sings about money and a*z and only lately has he seen fit to take his lyrics beyond that. He is known for being a mogul and sure I guess in a world that celebrates money over substance he deserves his accolades. But he can’t compare to the likes and talents of the Syndeny Poiters and Harry Belafonte who bought social consciousness and class to their era and challenged our people to think of themselves as more. Jay-Z and contribution, money and “do what thou wilt” the rumors of him being part of the illuminati, devil worshiper, making the bulk of his money on vilification of black youth. TO compare himself with the POTUS is an insult and brings President down some. Not crazy about the 1st lady holding up Beyoncé as a role model either.

  23. Renzo Reply

    July 29, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Where are the Black role models? Name one Black role model that we have today?

    I count Zero, anyone?

    • Romello S Reply

      July 31, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Maybe if we spent more time trying to BE Role Models,instead of looking for them,we might actually be on to something.

  24. linda M. Ballard Reply

    July 29, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Coming at you from the FLIP SIDE OF THE CHART, there are TIME when a person speaks and the message is d*****d by ones pride and dignity. A person may feels there is no longer a need to embark upon having the ability to show deference. If this characteristic is taken from our FLESH of humanness we lose our ability to effectively connect and communicate with others. Thus losing our ability to reach out to people. The end results is ISOLATION. If we have the ability to develop those friendships and relationships one must do so. One must always remember ISOLATION IS THE KISS OFF d***h. Read and learn more. Who delivered the kiss of cutting off the faucet? Visit http://nldrecognition.wordpress.com. Communication is ever so important. Read A Mother’s Worse Nightmare__MINDSET and TROUBLE DON’T LAST ALWAYS__TM. NLD MOM/cancer survivor

  25. Demitrious Emery Reply

    July 29, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I was done with this article when he called Jay-Z lyrically brilliant. WOW !! A grown man who has never rapped about anything beyond money, cars, clothes, jewelry, women, etc. Are you serious!! The fact that a journalist would consider that lyrically brilliant is the reason why our community is in such turmoil. WOW !!

  26. S. Bledsoe Reply

    July 29, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Dr. Boyce indeed summed it all up, given his age, obviously his lack of respect and maturity, this is,”outside of his sphere of understanding.” Slavery did not stop with charity. I no longer have the same respect for Jay-Z that I once did. I thought he stood for more than the almighty dollar!

  27. Aiza Mbaye Reply

    July 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Jay-Z is a vile human being. Every time a young man calls me a b*tch or a ho* as if it is my name I feel like a percentage of my anger should be directed to Jay-Z. His “music” and “music” like it has done a poor job raising a whole lot of essentially fatherless children. He disgusts me and anyone who tries to talk to him without addressing his decades of misogyny loses a fair amount of respect.

    • Brock Reply

      July 29, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      From that comment… It doesn’t sound like you’ve ACTUALLY “listened” to Jay’s music… He’s NEVER used the term “b***h” as a general word for all women. He’s used it for certain types of women… He even has an entire song dedicated for your understanding of that concept. Last, cast that stone if you’ve never used a negative term to refer to ANYONE (jerk, dog, w***e, idiot, etc… i think “vile” would count as well). Think about that, before you set off to justify outwardly… or rationalize internally…

      • Dominique Reply

        August 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

        I’ve listened to plenty of the garbage he and people like you call music. It amazes me to no end how black men justify misogyny but the same men would be up in arms if a white man used the n word IN ANY CONTEXT WHATSOEVER. Miss me with your excuses. I am not going to sit around and see if Jay-Z can explain when it is and is not ok to call a woman a b*tch. Black women put up with a lot of disrespect from black men and then you turn around and ask us to sit through more excuses of your nonsense. If you are a black woman lord I pray for your children.

  28. Titan55 Reply

    July 29, 2013 at 10:45 am

    How do you complain about this elder going to the white media and you do the same thing?
    First of all, it’s called humility and respect. Mr. Belafonte has earned the right to make his comments as a proven civil rights leader, a warrior, as someone who has given back to the community, willingly, and most importantly as an elder.
    There are some things you don’t do my brother, and that is to disrespect your elders, and Mr. Belafonte in particular. That’s a b***h move!
    His admitted arrogance is really a problem. What happens if he gets boycotted by the community, or when the fire comes down on him. He’s NOT untouchable, and COINTEL PRO is still live and in effect brother.
    Learn some respect! Money ain’t everything. In fact, it ain’t sh@T in a different realm.

  29. Miss Understood Reply

    July 29, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I honestly feel they are both wrong. For Harry Belafonte, to have fought for civil rights and came up through the trenches of segregation, you would think he’d do his homework before publicly blasting Jay Z and his wife. Jay Z started a foundation called “Water For Life” which supplies clean drinking water in certain parts of Africa. Beyonce started the “Survivor Foundation” to give to the homeless. Both have given to countless other foundations including college funds, women’s issues, and underprivileged communities. I’m not saying at all that Jay or Bey are saints, but at least give props where props are due, especially as one black person to another black person. As Jay Z said, it’s not necessarily about race, but black people have a hard enough time in the media without our own continuing to tear us down. If Harry had a strong disapproval for Jay Z and Beyonce, he should have pulled them up in private to give a little fatherly advice. What did he have to gain from doing this publicly besides having a quick moment back in the spotlight? All he did was continue to expose our internal division and he of all people should know better. Again, it’s especially hard for me to see this from Harry because not only did he obviously not do his homework, but he knows first hand what it’s like to be attacked in the media as a black man. Now, the reason I think Jay Z was wrong was no matter what, we should always respect our elders. If it wasn’t for Harry Belafonte and others of Harry’s time, there would be no Jay Z. To write a diss song is juvenile and petty. Jay Z as relevant as he is, he is no spring chikcen. You would have hoped that with age comes maturity. A 40 something year old making a diss record about an entertainment and civil rights icon is just crazy. Another way Jay Z could have defended himself was to state to the public all that I mentioned above…about his giving to charities and creating foundations. He didn’t mention any of that in rebuttal posted in this article. No, he shouldn’t have to explain himself, but it would have been a better alternative than making a diss record and sounding arrogant. Saying, “I am a charity” comes off very arrogant and he taking the time to explain it didn’t help his case. He mentioned Harry could have gone about his opinion in a different way. Very true, but Jay Z could have also. So in this battle, there were no winners and I hope that they will both go back into their quiet corners and consider how to do things better in the future.

    • Zanoni Reply

      July 30, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks for your comment! I was getting desperate. It seems like we are the only persons who see it this way.

  30. BLJJC Reply

    July 29, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Before we look at others and worry about what they are, or are not, doing, we all need to look within ourselves. What are we doing to raise our children the right way? What are we doing to help our friends, neighbors, family, regardless of their color, religion or anything else?
    If we do not have money to donate, we can donate time at a food kitchen, we can give b***d to the Red Cross, we can help an elderly person carry their groceries to their car, and more. Let’s all worry about how we treat others before we worry about what others are doing.

  31. Cat Reply

    July 29, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Just like Michael Jackson “forgot” about being a black man in America; he became God like to himself and believed he was beyond reproach, so is Jay-Z. Both climbed very high economically and believe that somehow became colorless because of their money, hopefully, Jay-z understands that if he shall fall from grace as MK did, that his people will lift him up on his shoulders and carry him… This is what Jay-Z is missing… He’s still a Black man in America which is why he should have a sense of community with Black folks, as well as, Harry Belefonte. So what, he called him out, put on your Big Draws and deal with it…

  32. FRANCIS Reply

    July 29, 2013 at 4:39 am

    I’m bout to stick a **** in Jay-Z’s mouth with AIDS in it & turn em into a black cat with 8 lives, ya dig… This rap s**t died when Nas bodied it, you can’t come to Africa “Boi Boi”, your $-centered Marriage seems to be helping in destroying the “New Black” … n I’m the young’n here, 20-yung. Seriously offended with some of these words … stick to the $ rap. That’s word to ALL my spirits.

  33. Realist Reply

    July 29, 2013 at 2:12 am

    I read this article a few time as well as each comment,I respect every opinion. I believe both parties were wrong. Every action has a reaction. I’m of the opinion that Mr. Bellafonte meant no harm but Jay-Z took it personal. I was never a fan of Jay-Z and will never be, as a matter of fact I hate rap music in general. It’s most times degrading to their own people (black) using words such as: b***h, w***e, n***a etc..These are the people we call role models, I beg to differ. What a man does to earn his money is his business, if he makes it out of the hood, however he did, it’s still his business. But we have social responsibilities to society and to ourselves. Giving is always better than receiving. Jay-Z didn’t make it out of the hood alone, he was helped and you must never forget how you got where you are. Charity is not enough at times, although it’s good to give back, but if you are an influential person, use it to give back, it will benefit the community more than your money. A lot of these youths look up to Jay-Z and beyounce, as is they are God, (sad to say, use the power to help change lives. I know he has a spokesperson,make full use of it. Organize a programme every month or two, go in the community, spend time with the young men, talk to them, not shake hands, some of your same clothes line, hand out a few. That will make a big difference, “PRESENCE AND MOTIVATION. No one is saying hand out a cheque,that wouldn’t solve the problem but it can solve a situation or change a few lives, it can also make it worst.The only reason you’re as successful as you is because your own black people have been your support from the day you made it out of the hood.White people wouldn’t buy your music as much as a black man would. Ask yourself why? Sometimes it’s good to take heed to advice, even if you look dumb or feel insulted,it shows that you’re a man and more so a human being, no one is perfect. You have already gained the world, don’t loose your soul if it’s still there that’s it’s blocking your sense of thinking and reaching to youths that are in need. You can loose everything you have in seconds. Reciprocity is still in style..

  34. W. Simmons Reply

    July 29, 2013 at 12:46 am

    This was a very good article and very good advice to J Z. One can’t go wrong when humbleness bows to truth and constructive guidance. We all make mistakes in life and while moving on the right road we might also make a wrong turn but God let the light of correction shine on my talented brother to let him know that there is a broader picture and understand that “to whom much is given, much is required” Peace and love

  35. William H. Holman Reply

    July 28, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    When God sent Moses to Pharaoh to tell him to let his people go; He didn’t tell Moses to call him a dirty dog and that God was going to destroy him. Moses was advised to go to Pharaoh himself; first use a gentle word; he just might listen!

    When ever we want a person to listen; go to them in private and keep the media out of it! Talk to them and use a gentle word; they just might listen!

    “We all can do more for the struggle than were doing! Appeal to a person heart and their mind will follow!”

    God Bless!

    Brother William

  36. Carrie Manson Reply

    July 28, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Let me say firstly I was a huge Jay Z fan in the 90′s early 2000′s. When the 99% movement came about he dissed us the people that have bought his music clothes and shoes… Therefore that being said f**k him and his fake a*s b***h! He could never compare to the Harry Belafonte’s of the world! He’s a d**n sell-out. Him and his wife think way too much of themselves! Obama is a puppet just like the rest of them have been and always will be…. WAKE THE f**k UP PEOPLE!!

  37. Ras Dam Reply

    July 28, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    How dare Jay-Z compare himself to President Obama who he’s got on speed dial!

  38. Ras Dam Reply

    July 28, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    How dare Jay-Z compare himself to a President Obama who he’s got on speed dial!

  39. Jjohnson9@comcast.net Reply

    July 28, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Shame on you JZ!

  40. Mshai Reply

    July 28, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    You cannot force activism on another individual, no matter how much you ‘envy’ their influence and bank balance. You can only be responsible for how you live your life. So, as much as I respect the man, I don’t agree with Mr. Belafonte calling out Jay-Z. Perhaps he should have sought a private audience with him to try and influence his ways.
    Of course, I also don’t agree with Jay Z’s retaliation, but I understand it – no one wants to be publicly bashed about how they live their lives.

    • Keith Peddler Reply

      July 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Jay Z came out to Los Angeles to Jim Browns House back in the day before the L.A.riots he was up there with Sista Soljah of New York we The Real Bloodz n Cripz were also up there that night in Hollywood Hills and Our Impression of Jay Z who at the time was not famous was that he “came off as a “maaaaaaaaaaark or buster in his way of dress and his style character apearded un gangsta and weak in his first Image of apearance before real ninjaz from the streetz of South Central L.A. we just saw this brotha as some young wanna be rapper from New York Yo He never gave us the impression that he was a Major Player in them NEW YORK STREETZ “REAL TALK” so not to hate on his success in da industry Id like to just say Jay Z was wrong to “Disrespect OUR ELDER MR. HARRY BELAFONTE” And as a Real Ridah who met Jay Z breifly up at JIM BROWNS HOUSE that night I must say “U still a busta even if you got millions” your foolishness in “calling Mr. Belafonte “a boy” was offensive to All Solid in they Knowledge and History about The Struggle BLACK MEN n WOMEN!!! You Owe THE ELDER A REAL APPOLIGY for Reacting like an Emotional b***h to mere words. Yo You Jay Z should have got at The ELDER WITH a Smoother Approach which wouldve made you or kept you looking Respectable b***d. You made a bad move on da chess board of “Revolutionary BLACK OPINION” UHURU SASA.

  41. Cryingoutfromchitown Reply

    July 28, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I just want him to stop using the N word in his songs, which is more dangerous to our community than anything. The use has had a devastating effect on how we view each other. The notion that it is a term of endearment is bullsh**! When our kids think of each other as nothing more than a mere N word, they have no problem killing one. It starts with us ridding ourselves with words that devalue who we are and Jay-Z is profiting from it. Shame on him and us for teaching yet another generation that we don’t matter to each other through the use of this word. Boycotting the N word will do a great deal at starting the change needed for our community!

  42. Pudding Reply

    July 28, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I seldom agree with Dr. Boyce Watkins on ANYTHING. But I have to say he is making a valid point here. Harry Belafonte and his generation made sacrifices so that Jay Z could exist as an artist. Black kids spent money they didn’t have to support Jay Z and his music. If he thinks he can remain successful without the support of the black community, he is d**d wrong. Black people have been able to make progress because they stood and still stand on the shoulders of our ancestors who made significant sacrifices so that future generations could succeed. It’s time Jay Z and his generation learn this valuable lesson. We cannot be totally free unless ALL of us are free. And money and status cannot buy you freedom and respect because the bottom line is this: No matter how much money or status or fame you may think you have achieved, for a very wide swarth of white folk (powerful or poor) you will always be just another n****r. If you want proof of that, just look at how they treat PRESIDENT Obama. And if that doesn’t convince you, try putting on a hoodie and walking through a predominately white neighborhood at night.

  43. Vee Reply

    July 28, 2013 at 11:06 am

    To whom much is given, much is required. We have an obligation to reach back and help one another. How are we ever going to overcome without doing so? We are all called to act and the celebrities are not exempt.

  44. Mary Conway-Spiegel Reply

    July 28, 2013 at 10:32 am

    As the founder of a start-up charity seeking to raise funds for programming in “failing”/closing schools in NYC I naively thought because many of the youth affected by school closures are black, reaching out to wealthy powerful black leaders of every industry/stature for donations/support would be relatively easy. It hasn’t.

    What’s interesting, sad, frustrating and in the end instructive is the passion (powerful, wealthy successful black leaders) to help — in every way — the education reform movement and charter schools. I’m not at all against charter schools, the good they’re doing, the employment opportunities they’re creating and the successes they foster.

    What I don’t understand is no one NO ONE seems to care about the hundreds of thousands of black youth who lose basic programming to school closure(s) so charter schools can move into the building…the new separate and unequal. This policy comes from President Obama — this is hope?

    No. There’s not much educational hope on the horizon for our black youth who’ve been labeled “failures.” However, this is MY education…I hope I get smarter in time to do some good; thank you for the article. pfsany.org

    • Mark Scott Reply

      July 29, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Hi Mary,

      Can you reach out to me with more details about your start-up and the programmes you run.

      I operate an educational technology venture here in Jamaica and if there’s anyway that I can be of assistance, I’d like to.

      Regards,
      Mark.

  45. Erik Reply

    July 28, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Blacks are being incarcerated in a mass epidemic similar to the Jewish Holocaust?

    Sir you should go to a holocaust museum, do a little reflection, and rethink that statement.

  46. mark Reply

    July 28, 2013 at 3:18 am

    I would like to ask each and everyone of you who is criticizing here and hating on people who made their money and spreading vicious rumors about people a question? What are you doing to help your community. Did the author of this article bother to investigate anything about Jay-z or was he just so quick to judge. Why didn’t he interview Jay-z and give him a medium to express his points. This is a one-side article, and the author of this article is just as responsible for creating a divide in the black community at a time like this. If he wanted to know the truth, he would have done responsible journalism. Children are dying in the street, while you all are bickering about things that you know nothing about. Go read to a child and shut the h**l up if you have nothing positive to offer. Who ever is mentioning Travon’s name on this page in a negative way is looking for attention. You need pray!

    Your responses are hypocritical and just a bunch of gabbing with no suggestion as to what needs to be done. First you complain about how Jay-z made his money, even talking about illegality, but in another breath this ‘whatever’ you want to call him, should be grateful that he was able to “sell some drugs and make rap music that you don’t like” that he should give back to a community that don’t like him or know him. What? wow! we are in more trouble that we know. Generations should talk to each other and try to understand the challenges that each other face. There is more than one way to do things. Jay employs young people and Belafonte marched. Which is more practical? Well each method is suited to the time. I am disappointed that Belafonte called Jay out like that. He is an intelligent man who should have known better than to let those media type bait him for their entertainment. We have to stop looking ignorant in the media. They don’t care about us either!

  47. john Reply

    July 28, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Jay speaks from he stands. If Harry Belafonte wanted to speak to Jay as a gentleman, they could have meet privately and he could create a proposal and ask jay or Beyonce to sponsor it. He attached him in the media and challenged him. Not every black person that makes it out of desperation is responsible for anyone else. Just to suggest that is racist itself. Does every white person have to be responsible for each other. Regardless of the odds against anyone, they do not all need hands out. Jay-z has a point and respect is not about age. When Belafonte went to the media, he took the gloves off and that’s what Jay-z responded to… being attacked. If Belafonte wants respect, he should give it…not just criticize a young brother who survived the way he knew how and owes no one anything. As long as each member of the black community is doing what they are suppose to, they should not be watching each other. Jay-z’s money is his. Each person is given breath each day to have hope and faith Celebrities are not our saviors or Jesus disciples.

  48. Joakim von Ditmar Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    referring to oneself as ‘Hova’ already says enough!
    No disrespect but Jay-Z ain’t no JC!!
    He needs to look up the word ‘humble’
    and also read Matthew 6 !
    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%206&version=MSG

  49. Don Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say I’m pretty sure Jay-Z has employed more young African American makes that Mr. Belafonte. Not to take anything away from what he’s done, but you need both types of people. How do we know Jay isn’t helping out in the best way he knows how? Everyone is not a leader, and people can lead in different ways.

    • Rodney Reply

      July 28, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      The problem is Jay-Z rebuttal statement to Harry Belafonte. Jay-Z is a grown man. He like to portray himself as an intelligent businessman. He likes to portray himself as down for the brothers, well now is the time for him to step up and prove to the world what he’s made of. He should also pulled Belafonte aside (even if Belafonte didn’t know to keep it out of the media) and had a man to man conversation. But, if what Jay-Z is doing is his best, then he should shut up like Michael Jordan and enjoy his millions.

  50. London Girl Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Reminds me so much of the Bill Cosby comments, see here: http://blackbergtv.com/bill-cosby-does-it-again-but-does-he-go-too-far/

    This is what happens, this is what ‘The Miseducation of the Negro’ was about. The negro gets money and to a high, desirable place in white society and forgets where he came from, in the sense that they become cocky and feel like that they don’t have an obligation to help others that are still in that boat. They keep saying that ‘I’m from the block, no matter where I go I know where I came from,’ just to woo people over, just a ploy to give those people a sense of false pride.

    This is more than race though, it covers class and the community also. Jay-Z should fund youth groups, community centres – even if it was just in his area where he was brought up to help the younger generation to not fall down the wrong path.

    Forgetting your roots is dangerous, and those people are. At the end of the day, your roots are the reason you are here today, and you should always respect them.

  51. Kenya Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Two brothers were trapped in the bottom of a dark hole with nothing but a tall wall holding them captive. The only way that they could survive is if they helped eachother. As they struggle to figure out a way to get out of their compromising predicament, they became very cold and hungry. Despite their obstacles they never gave up, instead they encouraged eachother with positive words, simply believing that they will eventually find a way out of this dark place. As they thought and prayed, one of them finally figured out how to get out of the hole. He told his brother, “If you push me over the wall, I will lift you up once I reach the top. The brother agreed that this idea would indeed save them both and began to hoist his brother to the top of the wall. Once the brother reached the top, he looked around and became distracted with the beautiful light shining on his skin. He fell in love with the way the wind blew his name through the trees. He felt more alive with each breath of fresh warm air filling his lungs. It was not until his brother called his name that he remembered that his brother was still in the hole. Looking down at his brothers reached hand, he began to feel an inner turmoil brewing in his heart. He could not decide if he would be willing to share this great new world with his brother. As he reached his conclusion, the brother looked down and said to his brother,”Help yourself.”

    How many brothers/ sisters have you left in the hole?

  52. johnjohn Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    i never liked his rap and he talks like a dropout – ive never heard him express a profound though in his music or in interviews – he s been propped up by the white establishment all along – a fake gangster with a plastic, elastic wife

  53. Spifee Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Well everyone has their own opions,i don,t agree with Jz and i don’t agree with Harry either,anyone can talk a good game but lay down some facts.The first time i ever saw Mrs. Belefonte in anything was with Martin Luther King,Just because you have a lot of money and leave it to charity,that don’t get you to heaven,the Charity will probably have some crooks and majority will go somewhere else{ HATI EVERYBODY GETS ON THE BAND WAGON AT THE SAME TIME where are you now.Stop talking pig latin and show me the Beef.

    • 1 truth Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      Then you don’t know about Harry. This man has been at the front and in the trenches of the civil right movement from the start. After King d***h and many of the so called black actives left his wife and kids to starve and be k**k out of their home. I was Harry who paid off the house making sure they had what they needed long after Kings d***h. How did the King Children repay him? When Coretta Scott King die they refuse to let Harry be apart of the funeral because George Bush and man who had done nothing was in attendance . They gave seats two mega crooks who done nothing for the civil right struggle One who was a in the closet homosexual. You never seen Harry, did you look? So tell me what has Jay Z done besides making black women a s*x object for their a*s?

  54. TheRajLA Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    I’ve never agreed with ANYTHING Harry Belafonte has had to say until now. JayZ’s comments are soaked with entitlement, racism, and delusion. His music promotes a lifestyle of thuggery, black market enterprises, and influence by force – - apparently, blacks are elevating this messenger and message. Why? Contrast JayZ’s message with Bill Cosby or Ben Carson. Which message benefits ALL people more? JayZ has been a success, he is the standard bearer of our society and country……… I do not support this at all. Good for Belafonte to speak out on it as shocking as it is.

  55. AMAZING GRACE Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Jay-Z, you suck. :(

  56. MIChael DIXON Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    SO MANY BLACKS SAY THEY OWE NOTHING MUST REMEMBER THE MANY OF US WHO WERE KILLED AND BRUTALIZED SO WE COULD GO TO HOTELS AND pERFORM AT ARENAS!!!! POOR BLACKS SUFFERED FOR OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS SO THEY WOULD BE TREATED WITH DIGNITY!!!!! WHEN YOU GO GREAT UNIVERSITY, WE MUST REMEMBER THE SACRIFICE OF THE DOMESTICS WHO PROTESTED SO OUR YOUTH COULD GO TO THOSE SCHOOLS!!!! STRUGGLE IS ONGOING BECAUSE WE MUST GIVE AS OUR PREDECESSORS DID!!!! IF YOU ARE BLACK YOU OWE BECAUSE OTHERS PAID AND AS THOSE WHO BENEFIT OWE A DEBT!!!!! WHEN I WAS A STUDENT AT NCCU IN THE LATE 60S I HAD A INTRAMURIAL BASKETBALL TEAM WHERE I WAS PLAYER-COACH AND I TOLD MY BUDDIES I WAS GOING TO REVOLUTIoNIZE THE GAME!!! I PUT FUNK INTO GAME AND WE WON 2 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR THE BSU!!! FROM MY TEAM CAME JAMES WORTHY AND MICHAEL JORDAN’S H.S. SCHOOL COACHES!!! I TAUGhT WELL!!!! MD

  57. Ms. EmTeeDee Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    My favorite part of this commentary….

    “The reason that Ali dwarfed Michael Jordan is because for Michael, his inability to give to a cause greater than himself makes him a one-trick pony.”

    I love Mike, but I love and RESPECT Ali. He is a symbol of strength because of what he did once his “presence” was acknowledged. Even in his current nonverbal state with his Parkinson’s, you still respect him as a man because you know what he actually did beyond showing up.

    People are saying Jay and others don’t owe us anything and you have to start at home. I understand the perspective, but Jay-Z was able to take from the sacrifices and hardwork of his ancestors to so-called “rise up” from the projects and become great. You can’t make a withdrawl from the universe and never expect to return anything to it. Just food for thought….

  58. katherine Hans Von Rotes Schild Zitler Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    One cannot advocate personal responsibility to another person. The notion that Jay -Z should be a role model is the utterance of a nincompoop. What is need is education not role models and other forms of idolatry.

  59. Andre Carter Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I don’t believe Jay z owes anyone anything. I believe it’s nice to lift up your people, if you are blessed with the capacity to do so. But I don’t believe people should look to stars & celebs for hand outs. I believe everything starts at home. Educate yourself it’s free. Clean your home, its free. A can of paint cost $20.00 paint your home. We create our own Ghettos while waiting for a handout. If Jay Z gave more money to the hood would that make young people pick up a book, NO. It would just make them lazy and feel they didn’t have to study to better them selves because someone else is taking care of them. It’s the same principle as government ASSistance. What does most woman in the hood do when she needs a new Gucci bag? She will have another child so the govt can give her more money. When u ask a celeb to give more money all you are doing is transferring the responsibility from the government to the celebrity. There is no difference. We are living in a society where we are all looking for handouts instead of looking for a way to uplift our community and make it out the hood like Jay-Z did. Instead we look to Jay-Z to be Captain Save-A-Hoe! Message: Get Your Own! Pick Up A Book! Create a Job If You Can’t Get One! Stop Whining and start progressing!

    • DaTruth Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Aint nobody talkin bout JayZ giving nobody a handout! So maybe u should drop all dat personal responsibility right wing bs. The point being made is that ppl need to respect those who have come before them & have the good graces to honor those who have paved the way for their own successes. JayZ possesses neither good graces nor honor & no amt or money or THINGS can give u that!

  60. Andre Carter Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I don’t believe Jay z owes anyone anything. I believe it’s nice to lift up your people, if you are blessed with the capacity to do so. But I don’t believe people should look to stars & celebs for hand outs. I believe everything starts at home. Educate yourself it’s free. Clean your home, its free. A can of paint cost $20.00 paint your home. We create our own Ghettos while waiting for a handout. If Jay Z gave more money to the hood would that make young people pick up a book, NO. It would just make them lazy and feel they didn’t have to study to better them selves because someone else is taking care of them. It’s the same principle as government ASSistance. What does most woman in the hood do when she needs a new Gucci bag? She will have another child so the govt can give her more money. When u ask a celeb to give more money all you are doing is transferring the responsibility from the government to the celebrity. There is no difference. We are living in a society where we are all looking for handouts instead of looking for a way to uplift our community and make it out the hood like Jay-Z did. Instead we look to Jay-Z to be Captain Save-A-Hoe! Messaage: Get Your Own! Pick Up A Book! Create a Job If You Can’t Get One! Stop Whining and start progressing!

  61. Keith Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Dame! Talk about speaking the truth. Jay-Z, you just got dissed the F-ck out with of words that are So, So True. What you said about you being a symbol of hope is bullshit. h**l, if anybody is a symbol of hope, it’s Jesus Christ. I never was a fan of Jaz-Z because he emulate so many of the other Rap Artist who produced poisonous lyrics that polluted the environment and our people. They only thing Jay-Z was able to produce was a decent b**t – nothing else. He has truly lost his way. And please Jay-Z, don’t prop yourself on a pedestal thinking that your s**t don’t stink and Black America is suppose to revere you like some God. Negro Please! Put your dame money where you mouth is and use it to affect turn change in our community. Put in the work and fight the establishment like those who came before you. Hold a press conference and speak out to the masses about the plight of black American, and how you are going to use your money to make a change for the better. As far as I am concern, you have done more damage to Black America than good. You have called our black queens b*****s and hoes, promoted violence with your lyrics and glorified drugs. Then you have the nerve to come out and say you will no longer diss black women after your daughter was born. But what about all the damage you did to the young black girls who came before your daughter. Are you F_cking serious? As far as I am concern, Mr. Jay-Z, you are dismissed in my book. You can never be on the same level as Harry Belafonte, as he is a true man. You Jay-Z is still a boy who caught up in your own arrogance.

    • DaTruth Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      well well said!

      • Realist Reply

        July 29, 2013 at 1:51 am

        I don’t agree with your use of explicit language, but you made some valuable points….

  62. Oh My Creator Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I’ve never been a Jay-Z fan, but I’ve never knocked his hustle. He got out of the drug game and created a brand of himself. Now, it seems that he fails to recognize that if it weren’t for people such as Mr. Belafonte, his Black behind would be working at Best Buy as a janitor (or something that pays less money). It’s really sad to see that young people who have made money seem to think they made it there on their own. Jay-Z made his first money off the backs of the people to whom he sold drugs. That’s how he got the money to manufacture and sell his other product. From that alone, he should be doing something “within” the community that he helped turn into a drug infested area (i’m not saying he did it alone and he wasn’t supplying a demand), but giving back to that same community would be a start of redemption.
    The fact that he swore he would never used the “B” word since he had his daughter, shows he can’t keep his own word. So, to put yourself up on a pedestal as if you had no help, is just disrespectful and arrogant. We should all take heed from the Sankofa bird. If you don’t respect your past, your future can consume you[sic].

  63. RayZillah Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I thank your for posing the argument about something Jay said wrong in the interview, which made me WATCH THE INTERVIEW BEFORE READING THIS ARTICLE. The interview gave me a new hope for the MAGNA CARTA ALBUM because i thought it was wack. But Jay confirmed in this interview you critiqued that EVERYTHING SAID BY JAY IS NOT FOR FACE VALUE, TAKE THE TIME TO LOOK DEEPER INTO THE MANS WORDS. The argument you are presenting is simply the lack of depth and faith in a CELBEBRITY NEGRO. And you totally have the right to lack faith in the depth of them. BUT THIS TRAIN OF THOUGHT WILL CERTAINLY BE THE d***h OF THEM. Your career lifespan will reflect this wisdom. This article does not reflect the interests of YOUR BLACK WORLD. This is definitely a well written personal article that was well pitched to an editor.

  64. MW Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Preach Dr. Boyce! You said it better than I could. Jay Z does not understand that he may have physically left the projects, but his mindset is stuck at Marcy. I’m sure many others left there and have gone on to greater things mentally. Yet he thinks that money makes him a man with relevant thoughts to reach others that are more socially, mentally and culturally aware; for that, he is is sadly misled. I agree that Mr. Belefonte could have been more tactful, but he knew what he was doing when he made the statement with such a “thug-like” approach. You can only speak “thug to a thug.” And what did the thug do but come back in the same way. Mr. Belefonte only came this way to help Jay Z and his wife to become aware of the world around them. Then for Jay Z to take the bait. What a fool! You know what they say about a fool and his money. “Enough said!”

  65. Ajuma Muhammad Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Jay Z continues to perpetuate madness through his music which is sac-religious. He’s another negro puppet sell-out for the White Jewish Master who will continue to receive a “pat” on the head for his mass destruction of the black male mind through his garbage that he calls music.

  66. Ivy Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Can somebody print this out and hand deliver it to Jay-Z and Beyonce. Have them read it then hire an interpreter to translate for them.

  67. doriankellley@gmail.com Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Well said, written and articulate. You have more, do more!!!!

  68. Amienia Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    FIRST LET MEE SAY THAT IS NICE THAT HE AND OTHER CELEBS ARE LEAVING MONEY TO CHARITIES…..BUT ON THE FLIP SIDE LEAVE HALF TO CHARITY AND HALF TO A DYING COMMUNITY THAT YOU KNOW. WE NEED SO MUCH HELP IN OUR BLACK COMMUNITITES. SINCE HE AND OTHER BLACK CELEBS KNOW THE STRUGGLE GIVE BACK WHOLE HEARTEDLY. WE CANT JUST SAY YEAH IT WAS HARD AND I MADE IT…..SHOW US HOW……SHOW US BY BULIDING JOBS OR MAKING SCHOOL OF THE ARTS OR SOMETHING TO HELP……..IM JUST AN EVERYDAY CHICK FROM MISSOURI WHO HAS A DREAM TO HELP. I HAVE NO MONEY YET, BUT GOD KNOWS MY HEART. ID LOVE TO MEET WITH THESE MILLION DOLLAR CELEBS AND GIVE THEM MY VISION SO THAT MAY HELP BRING THIS DREAM TO PAST…..SOME HOW I WILL CAUSE GOD KNOWS MY HEART. WE GOTTA DO BETTER BY EACH OTHER. IF WE TRAIN THIS NEW GENERATION THE RIGHT WAY TO GO AND BE OUR COMMUNITIES WILL BE A BETTER PLACE….SO IF YOU ARE READING THIS MILLION DOLLAR CELEBS PLEASE CONTACT MEE I HAVE A GREAT IDEA AND I NEED YOU GUYS TO HELP MEE BRING IT TO PASS…..GOD BLESS YOU ALL…..

  69. steve doodies Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Harry Belafonte=communist
    Al Sharpton= Duke Lacrosse, Tawana, Crowned Heights.

    But Clarence Thomas and Thomas Sowell are the ones hurting black people

  70. Shango Shabazz Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Jay was out of line. And at times, are elders should not get a pass for their foolishness. They both owe each other an apology.

    • Yasin 360WiseGuy Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      ONE WORD FOR THIS ARTICLE & Jay-Z .. #ZIMERcide
      http://youtu.be/JjT0sCTZkJs

    • Roman J. Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      The problem with that statement is that you probably don’t believe in accountability. There is an accountability, an expectation of a black man like Jay Z that should be taken into consideration. There are strong rumors that Jay Z has another older child, I suppose he should get a pass for not owning up to that as well. The problem with your thinking is what leads to so many black children living in poverty, being reared by women alone and contributing to the continued depression and d***h of our community.

    • Yasin 360WiseGuy Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      NOT to Mention the FACT of the Dumbing Down and his rhymes Aint Saying Nothing !! SMH …here is a clear Example of what these people & children pimps are doing > http://youtu.be/oJhu2BpzglU

  71. Lorielle Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    As a product of the Civil Rights era, I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Belafonte. Jay-Z and other entertainers like him would not have been afforded the opportunities they have received if Mr. Belafonte and others had not stood up for our rights decades before.

    Jay-Z does not owe anyone anything, however, if you are put in a position of great wealth and have an international audience then it seems that God has brought these things to you to be of service to others.

    No one can take money or position with them when they die, therefore, it must be for those who are afforded wealth to lift up others along the way.

    As for the problems and dangers that lie in black communities across America, all the charity in the world will not evolve the consciousness of those who are choosing lives of crime and degradation.

    If anything, Jay-Z and others like him would do well to reach out to parents and try and help them to raise better, more productive citizens. Working in Chicago Public Schools, many kids come to school with the attitude that they do not need an education.

    We also must invest in training our people to be entrepreneurs and stop relying on the system to provide us with jobs that aren’t there anymore. We must have enlightened self-interest if we are going to prosper as a race in America.

  72. MsToniB Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Your talk was deep and I enjoyed every bit of it. We as the black community must businesses that will help our black community strive and grow and become wealthy. We must pull ourselves up by the bootstraps. I don’t understand why we as society forget that we will be in this together. That we have to fight this battle together. I have a young grandson, who is a joy and a blessing. If anything happened to him, there would be h**l to pay. I remember Ali telling the reporters that he would not got to Vietnam to fight, because they did nothing to him to make him want to fight them.

  73. Ruby from NJ Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Some woman calling herself Filisha wrote, “He and his broad stole and murdered to get where they are.”(!) Where did she get this from? It was made up of whole cloth. Jay Z and Beyoncé ARE humanitarians. You need to read about their charitable works. Does Filisha know that she can be sued for what she said about Jay Z and Beyoncé?

    • dharrisross@yahoo.com Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      She got it from: 1. It is a known fact that JayZ was a drug dealer….he used his money wisely
      2. When Beyonce was with Destinay’s Child, these other poor ladies had no chance since Beyonce’s father was their manager. Beyonce’s parents made sure she stuck out from the group from the beginning.

    • dharrisross@yahoo.com Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Might i also add that JayZ got off on murder charges back in a March 2011 shooting….

  74. kwabena Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    JayZ is old enough to know but the question is, is he mature enough to do it — do it, meaning take the criticism of a giant (Harry Belafonte) so he can start the process of becoming a giant for his people and not be another stand alone celeb. As for the “boy” diss, that’s ignorance on a historic level – Jay!

  75. Missllah Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    They’ve great performers, but they are not humanitarians. The Bible says “To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.” Not for these two. Both lost my respect a very long time ago. To their credit, they did attend a rally for Trayvon Martin.

    • lag Reply

      August 2, 2013 at 2:17 am

      They actual ARE humanitarians. Just because you don’t hear about everything they do doesn’t mean they aren’t doing anything. You should look into the the things Beyonce has done for the homeless in the city of Houston alone. To speak before doing your research is dangerous because you end up making some really erroneous claims.

  76. GTrain Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I bet President Obama rues the day he ever invited the Carters to the White House and Inaugurations because Jay-Z cannot keep Obama’s name out his mouth. The constant comparisons are delusional, and cringeworthy.

  77. T.Wilson Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Ok People time to Wake up.Jayz has the right to respond to Mr.B any d**n way He wants.he`s Grown so is Mr.B if you jump into the ring you Might get Smacked.Yes you were a great Man 4 your Day But time Moves on so sit Back and watch how its Done. and as 4 this Davy person NOBODY HATES OBAMA CEPT YOU NARROW MINDED FOLKS SORRY THERES NOT A REDNECK IN OFFICE.YOU REMEMBER WHO GOT US INTO THIS MESS…..SHORTMINDED FOOL……

  78. Jermaine Q Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 11:43 am

    This is the most thoughtful opinion that I’ve read in years. To often bloggers and writers avoid saying anything true or remotely critical of Jay Z because they are afraid that they won’t get invited to his next album release party. This should be required reading in every twelveth grade English and Social Science class in America this year.

  79. ty collins Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier were not American black men, but were marketed as such to a segregated public. The storylines used by Hollywood to normalize the “Negro male” on the silver screen did break barriers of color in the entertainment industry. It did not humanize African American culture and the traditions of West Africans which has done more for humanizing American culture that either Caribbean cultural roots Belafonte of Poitier sprang from.
    The Horatio Alger rags to riches success story is not intended to empower people of color en masse. It was an example of what is possible for “white” success in the New World.
    The Civil Rights Movement in retrospect can only revere the contributions of luminaries like Belafonte, Poitier, Cosby, and many others. Women outliers on the male-dominant scale of justice like Josephine Baker, Nina Simone, Eartha Kitt and others made contributions to the advancement of the race from safer distances as ex-patriots. The march forward to liberation and equality creates a platform for Jay-Z, Beyoncé and a new generation of activism. Their world is not the one we did battle against Jim Crowism, segregation, Civil Rights and freedom of expression. Old-world models of fighting repression and institutional racism with peaceful demonstrations in the public forum is passé. These ideas were nationalistic idealisms that Belafonte, Poitier and Cosby never addressed in public, if they knew such ideas and terms existed.
    Crispus Attucks was not Denmark Vesey and Harriet Tubman or her liberationist predecessors did not create single models for future emancipators and liberators to emulate. We cannot air dirty laundry or continue the crabs-in-the-barrel b**t down!

  80. TRACEY MILLER Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 10:45 am

    PUT GOD FIRST AND FORMOST IN YOUR LIFE AND EVERYTHING ELSE WILL FOLLOW.

  81. JULIA FLORES Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 10:44 am

    VERY INFORMATIVE STOP THE NEGATIVE OUR YOUNG ONES NEEDS POSITIVE REIFORCEMENT LETS TALK ABOUT THE POSITIVE POPPLES IN THE COMMUNITY.

  82. cindy Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 10:31 am

    That was the perfect response to Jay z’ lack of wisdom concerning Mr. Belafonte. Unfortunately Jay Z doesn’t realize he would never have been if it wasnt for those before him. And to put himself on the same level as Pres Obama??? Are you kidding me? Any man or woman who stands up for another will always be RELEVANT!!!!

  83. Duane Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Maybe it’s me but until you have sacrificed for others don’t try to knock others for what they did or did not do. you don’t have to have a million dollars to be effective in the lives of the Black Man. I hear people always talking about what Oprah or others have not done but please point that finger in the mirror and get off yo a@@ and do something for your race before the finish line. Don’t wait for others to do… “YOU DO”

    • samori Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 11:17 am

      i and my circle do mentoring to youth on a frequent basis and donate the little money we have to a program called College and Career Pathways for innercity youth in the DC,maryland area, and we dont and did not sell crack, nor did we profiteer by making a music that is like a soundtrack to their immoral and illegal activity that made them money, nor do we rap about having s*x with b*****s and hoes, and how many guns we have and will use if needed in my pursuit for drug money. Yall support these community parasites under fear of being called a hater!

  84. p Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 10:07 am

    WOW so real so TRUE GOD BLESS.

  85. Lang Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Some ask for mr belafonte done for blacks look it up that is a big insult to the movement this man funded that march in Selma alabama for the right to vote their is a beautiful pic of mr belafonte sitting right beside of corretta Scott king at the rev Luther king funeral all of these activist were in the trenches music entertainers had a part in the movement Sis mahalia Jackson was with them a lot on the road lending her voice to the movement nat king Cole Aretha Franklin caravans little Richard chuck berry fats domino bill Cosby Sidney cicly Tyson Della Reese a lot of them were out there read the history

  86. Denise Dailey Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Everybody contributes in their own way. No one should criticize if one chooses to support a cause differently than what you feel. There are plenty who did nothing, but to call out those who did something makes others not want to be involved because it didn’t meet “other’s” standards. Let’s quit the “crab in the barrel” mentality.

    • samori Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 11:08 am

      why are people so scared if critiquing, this dude would have sold you or a family member crack if they had enough money to buy a hit to smoke, and he brags about it. Why are yall so supportive of this lifestyle? Belafonte was not a drug dealer, he was a black actor that had his feet in the activist realm also.

  87. Alvin Coleman Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Dr Boyce’s gotcha post….WOW!

    Where is Tavist and Cornell West? 2 other notable public haters, albeit their fame is rooted in their dislike for President Obama…Like most frustrated negroes on this post…

    This is a pile on for JayZ haters, as such I will address it appropriately

    It must be slow black news day, because I swear, you don’t read this many empassioned responses against the racist slander of Rush Limbaugh, the T-Party, from Dr.Boyce, Cornell, or Harry.

    I’m still curious to know what any of these 3 negroes have done for the black race except tear down another black man while passing gas into a microphone….I’ll wait.

    JayZ employs a large number of black professionals. That is important.
    You can condescend on his lack of degrees, and sit in judgement as if that makes you smarter, which you’re probably not. But do not make draw the conclusion that this young man does not care about his race, or that his lovely wife, Beyonce, is not doing enough to raise the profile of the african american people. Everybody needs to chill, including old assed Harry Belafonte, who in his venerable state, managed to go public with a criticism rather than engage the young superstar man-to-man.

    That part was wrong…And opinions being what they are. Mine is no different. I think some of JayZ’s explicit lyrics are better left unsaid, but I do applaud his business accuman, and amazing level of success.

    Enough of this bullshit, leave the brother alone…The work he has done is speaking for him…We all could only hope to reach that stratosphere.

    • samori Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 8:54 am

      TRY AGAIN- you give passes but this man is built off drug money and he blatantly tells you this in his past albums. He took all that drug money that he made off selling to his own people, not white, asian, indian communities but blacks regardless of overdoses, murders, addiction, and incarceration he caused. Honest hardworking blacks now have to listen to his arrogant parasitic a*s, i think not! Its why manyblacks are angry with white supremacists and conservative white republicans that likethe old south because they are flaunting their power and influence in our face from generations of laundered b***d money of slavery. just because time passes doesnt excuse how you earned your money… it was corrupt! its like they abused us for centuries and we should be happy with 40 acres and a mule.! jay-z used b***d money to grt where he is and he may throw a scholarship here and there and facial charity, or walk water to african village, please!

    • samori Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 9:04 am

      he’s a parasite, he’s rich off the exploitation of his own people. whites didnt give him money, but he does little for the group that made him rich,,but he readily enriches white america by buying rolexes, lamborghini, maybachs, mercedes, Hublot watches, versace , louis vatton, Gucci or taking first class flight to france to act like a n****r in paris! he enriches the very group that laugh at him and calls him n****r behind closed doors, just to show us he made it, while neglecting his own people,… parasite, taking black money to enrich and party with whites at your own peoples deprivation.. parasite

  88. samori Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Greed!!!. “my presence is charity”….. thats so arrogant and misguided! Presence is 10%, action is 90%…..

    1. Lets ask women,… would you have a guy that just shows up and says ” im here” and all the sudden you’re just motivated for life?, or a manthat shows up and helps out with the house responsibilities and works with the kids andhelp manage the bills?

    2. if this was a job he’d be fired, essentially he’s saying that he would just show up to work and p***h the clock and do nothing, whileothers should be inspired by his presence to work hard.

    3. Jesus , the son of God, that Jay-z stills his moniker Hovah from, didnt just show up and look good, he worked with the common man and called out the powers that be on their bulls*it…. !
    4. So this talk about charity in his presence is garbage! I’ll give you crack and crack laced music but i wont give you a helping hand. Shaq building hospitals, Magi is building schools, and the Jigga man is building his ego and rep…. wonderful

    • samori Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 7:43 am

      AND IT SHOWS YOU THE STATE OF MIND OF OUR BLACK ENTERTAINERS AND HOW THEY VIEW THEIR OWN PEOPLE. Dr. Dre gives millions of dollars to a white university, and Jay-Z says im just giving you facial charity , these people dont care but you people will support them n say “stop hating”,…. but your kids are starving, in need of education, hunted like prey, and getting 1st class one way tickets to jail, and peoe that got rich from your album purchase make weak to no reimbursement or reinvestment in communities identical to what they grew up in . But whites like bill gates will donate millions to white universities, h**l mayor bloomberg of new york has given hundreds of millions back to johns hopkins and harvard university. this gauranteed a financial resource for future white kids and the survival of the institution!!!

      • samori Reply

        July 27, 2013 at 7:47 am

        and you people= you blind unwavering Jay-Z lovers

        • Rez Reply

          July 27, 2013 at 2:41 pm

          Thank you for your very well spoken comments!

        • mark Reply

          July 28, 2013 at 3:47 am

          Wow.. one article or one thing that you don’t like and you are reading to nail the guy to the cross. Are you sure that your response is about this article or do you have some issues that you need to work on. Who gave you the right to trash anyone this much… if you don’t like an artist music the least you can do is to see them as human beings who are not perfect. God did not choose Jay-z to lead Black people to the promise land.. he’s just an entertainer to those who understand where he is coming from. Show others the compassion you expect from them. You don’t sound educated or offer anything positive. You sound angry and like you are hating on or judging this young man. Everyone will be judged about how they spent their time on earth. What are you doing to help others?

  89. Vincent "Rudy" Gadsden Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 7:27 am

    You’ve stated much more precisely the points I was attempting to convey in a conversation just yesterday. Noone is suggesting that Jay Z and Beyonce are not charitable. But as you’ve stated, charity is not activism, and most standing up for Jay Z’s position have missed the point of Mr. Belafonte’s contention that those in the limelight owe more to the causes of social activism than just a pretty face and a handouts. Mr. Belafonte has been on the front. I don’t doubt for a second that Jay Z and Beyonce showing up in NY for the post-verdict protests in Trayvon Martin case was directly influenced by the criticisms by Mr. Belafonte.

  90. Dee Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 7:13 am

    This is why I miss Tupac so much! Pac was so passionate about the struggles of his people. And you said God put Jay here for a reason? The only “God” Jay-z worships is the green in his pocket. He’s NOT a believer! There’s no reasoning with a person like that. How can Jay liken himself to the president (who’s job is to be a puppet)? I guess he made it out of the projects alive therefore that’s all that matters to him. He influences so many, yet he’s afraid to become a target like Tupac.

  91. deotha woodburn Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Thank u karl w. for those who have ears to hear, and eye to see.

  92. Herman Dawson Jr, Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Dr. Boyce, I don’t believe there is any more that should or could be said. I just pray that Jay-Z can understand what you’ve said to him and he responds by making an attempt to be a positive role model in the life of disadvantaged youth. Maybe someday Jay-Z will reach the stature of Harry Belafonte. It takes a real man to fill Mr Belafonte’s shoes. How do you measure the sacrifices and contributions many have made for our freedom. The struggle is not over; there’s plenty of work that needs to be done. But, by the same token, Jay-Z is from the projects, with a project mentality that never matured. God has put him in a position to be an asset, not only to himself, but to his people. Jay-Z, what don’t you understand? If it were not for the Harry Belafontes in the struggle for equality you might still be in the projects where your mind is. Oh, you might not know, because you were not born yet. It’s time for Jay-Z to grow-up and learn about the struggles many black people endured so you could eat and have the opportunity get out of the ghetto. I remember marching in the struggle, working tirelessly on voter registration drives, fighting/picketing for open admissions on my University campus, not being able to sit in restaurants because they were white only. Jay-Z you have no idea what contributions black men have made so your music could be played in white media. I don’t think you have a clue of the many sacrifices made so you could have a better life. Herman Jr.

  93. Terry Tomlin Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Jay-Z and Michael are who they are because of their arrogance and narcism. All of their lives have been about them. Why should we be surprised that they don’t show any feeling of social responsibility for others. They have been successful on every level which proves to them that they are right. Hova famously started out slinging. Did we think that he was a robber prince whose spots have changed and now he wants to give back all of his ill gotten loot? Micheal famously held a grudge against both the coach who didn’t choose him for a team as well as the player chosen over him. Jay-Z didn’t hear that Harry Belafonte suggested he do something good with his wealth and fame, he heard that he was dissed. Amazingly, the dignified Mr. Belafonte has refused to retort.

  94. kim Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Jay Z doesn’t owe anyone anything… Do you Jay.

    • Eric Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 8:11 am

      @Kim “Jay Z doesn’t owe anyone anything… Do you Jay.”

      Of course he does. The likes of Mr Belafonte stood up, to give us a voice, and of course there is still some way to go, but they were the building blocks, for the likes of Jay-Z to have a say and influence and educate all races. Instead he chooses to show the world how much money he’s made, and how much money he can make for others, just by entering a building… She should be paying homage to those who walked before him that gave him the opportunity to be a great rapper (which he is)…

      To Jay-Z, I say shame on you, you are a disgrace…

  95. Emanuel MCCRAINEY Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Well said, Doc.

  96. kim Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Jay Z doesn’t owe anyone anything…
    Do you Jay…

    • Carl Hilton Jr. Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 9:59 am

      You’re retarded…twerk your dumb a*s away somewhere.

  97. PERFECT STRANGER Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    did it really had to get to this for some of you blacks to see that this “GOD” is all for himself? Don’t just take this article and run with it…THINK FOR YOURSELVES FOR A CHANGE, there’s a lot more like him in the industry that need to be put on BLAST.

  98. Hill Tucker Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    “Why Jay Z and Beyonce don’t deserve a pass”
    The recent events over the last week has gave many in this Nation the opportunity to reflect on race relations and the state of our country. Even the President has voiced his thoughts on it and suggested we move forward to come up with some solutions. Although some stars have come out in supporting the Martin family, at a recent rally in New York, Jay Z and Beyonce were seen out and about. But let’s review their actions. Although some have seen them as stars, neither has a H.S. diploma. I’m not criticizing their educational attainment, but they are ‘considered’ role models. Yet, look at the H.S. dropout rate of young black males, who probably know a few ‘bars’ of Jay Z’s music and have it downloaded to their playlists. Yes, they are successful and has had some breaks others haven’t. But listen to their music. Jay Z on numerous occasions bragged about ‘slinging weight’, having many b****** and h***, and will have his crew take someone out if they get in the way of their success. Just look at how he recently rapped about Harry Belafonte, a man of 86 years of age who dedicated his life and career to civil rights and the uplift of others. How dare we give them a pass. Actions speak louder than words. No one really cares that they showed up at a rally and who’s in their Rolodex. Their ethical standards and character should be frown upon and their ‘empire’ should be dismantled but it wasn’t built on the standards of Public Enemy or X-Clan. No theirs is built on money. They offer no positive uplift to the youth other than to go out and get yours at whatever expense it takes. What about the philosophy of the Ubuntu and Zulu and their view that we should do what’s good for the collective of the race? Bow down to the thrown? I doubt it.

  99. Wendell Simpson Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Very powerful piece, Boyce. And 100 percent on the money…

  100. Samuel Dixon Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I believe that the days when black people with influence were thinking about ALL BLACK PEOPLE rising together went away with the early 70′s, along with the struggles for integration. When we as black people starting having what was believed to be a level playing field, we stop thinking about whether our neighbor had bread, eggs or milk for their family. We ran like horses on a track, chasing the proverbial American dream. This change meant things are now me and mine, when it used to be we and ours. All of this is a key precipitating factor in the behavior of people like Jay-Z and other “gold ring” chasing Black celebrities. People like Jay-Z and all other Black people have benefited from those who have sacrificed for us all. What we must also remember is that Jay-Z is a victim of people that came before him just like the children who idolize him are the ones who are coming behind him. He once idolized someone who made him believe that things were power and the more things meant the more power. To bash him without first understanding his history is like saying that there are people who are born racist.It simply is not true. His way of thinking and perception of success was nurtured through the same music and media that influences the youth of today. With years comes wisdom is a statement that holds true for some not all. Jay-Z and any other influential celebrity, politician, athlete or whatever will only become what their spirits allow them to evolve into. While we can all appreciate the fact that there are some who are willing to say what they believe someone else should be doing, that is all they are doing; saying. No man alive can truly know the walk or journey meant for another man. The energy spent on telling someone else what they should be doing with their life is wasted energy that could be used for positive things. It is a beautiful thing to be evolved enough to know that ALL is one. However, evolution does not reach a person until their view become less distorted and they use things not people and love people not things. I am personally not a fan of any celebrity, politician or athlete because they are human beings like every other human being. It is lack, scarcity, disparity, separation, poverty, disenfranchisement, marginalization and the GREED OF MAN that feeds the ideal of more being better. With an illusion of an endless supply of things, that are only “THINGS”, they are still “NO MORE THAN ANY OTHER HUMAN BEING.”

    • blacjk jones Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Mr. Dixon your comments are a breath of fresh air—none of us lived jz’s story and certainly Mr. Belafonte didn’t or Dr.Boyce–His story is the way he saw it, the middle and ending has yet to be told—-lets stop counting our chickens before they hatch—jz made so-called mistakes and so have all human beings Mr Belafonte included—lets wait until jz story has reached the maturity of his elders who came from a different time we cannot say with any certainty a persons true agenda –words only prove that we have LEARNED what we have been taught—we`are` all victims of something GOOD BAD OR INDIFFERENT—PEACE!!!

    • Me Reply

      September 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Well said Mr Sam. First I want to start by saying, am from Africa and I have done well for my self and trying to be better no matter the barriers base on skin colour. Mr Harry B did what he thought was right calling Jay Z with Wives name on the media and thought it will get to him trying to prove his point and Jay Z on the other hand did what he thought was right defending him self and that of his house hold with thought that it will get to Mr Harry B or to prove his point. But to make one thing clear to Mr Harry B and Dr. Boyce is none of them now Jay Z’s story and can tell what they think He should do. As an African I see a lot of things in the US and heard a lot of things about racism but it is senseless to be if Jay Z can make him self a world brand from the hood anybody can do the same. Some times with what I posses in me I hope to be in America and make it as big as Jay Z and won’t cry about him not helping my condition and I won’t see the whites man home as my comfort zone till I am a force to recon with my self just as Jay Z and note here in the all black every being their are still racist thing on but is tags as tribalism where people of same colour don’t share thesame view or where same colour show rejection. I want to say this that if blacks where the Americans the white would have left their to find where they came from and make it a better place for the black Americans to come. One thing the African American should know it many people hear your lame cry of racism but still flock in America to have that American Dream but all you do is complain and wants another mans money to live on. How many blacks are billionaires? But most white Billionaires got billions between the age of 20-38 but Jay Z is 43 and has few millions and you lames can’t sleep still you see him broke its still you fools that put the devil on him, wife and daughter now you wants his help! I took time to listen to his music and read his decoded and notice his trying to do his best as a human his is and provide for his family as every actual man will but you weak African Americans want to seat back and let him take your blame but won’t be there for him when this falling… Well he said it in one of his song titled “Success” even if I fall I will land on a bunch of money, y’all ain’t got nothing for me. His straight clear from the comment I see here. I know some will say I get the article wrong when the write had his own side. It’s so crazy when black people all over the world act like they now God, Jesus and all when before their ancestors where taken they had their own” African religion tradition” now they know God more than the people (whites) who told them about Christ the same people they call racist told you about a religion y’all acting like crazy… Praying still y’all all are atheist. My opinion to the lame black mentality of you African Americans over there is get your mind right and study how you can make a change of your self before changing your community and if blacks have more powerful and useful ones like Jay Z I believe the voice will be louder and forceful and if Jay Z’s lyrics don’t inspire youths who want to make it in life and not those youth who want to listen to hardcore rap where they rap mythical rap and k**l them selves or talk about sleeping with hundreds of women then I am sorry. Peace 

  101. ED Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Jay-z is reflective of a generation of young people that is reluctant to accept the history of our struggle. He is highly prone to jerk off corporate music executives, ascertaining the popularity of the black masses. Thug????? I don’t think so. The image of a tough guy, the persona of a corporate punk. And millions follow him.

    • Barbara Tealer Smith Reply

      July 26, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      First of all I give PRAISE Glory and HONOR TO MY LORD & SAVIOR “JESUS CHRIST FOR allowing me to be apart of this conversation!!! I love J Z AND Harry Belefonte . And I Believe, the HOLY SPIRIT is trying to prepare us for the further.Please do not let ego’s get in the way of LOVE ;who is using two OF HIS; chosen men to bring us to TRUTH.Stay UN-OFFEND -ABLE and listen to the inner voice speaking to both of you. I have lived long enough to have seen and been apart of changes that have brought us to now. Now “JESUS, I ask that you would heal or souls of every wound that was caused by our sins of offense.Your b***d took care of the sin, and now Your dunamis power will heal the wounds, cause us to be excellent of soul.!!!

      • With all due respect Reply

        July 27, 2013 at 2:23 am

        With all due respect, please be careful with how we associate God to our stuff, when the evident reflects our worldly self…..

      • WA Reply

        July 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm

        Barbara, one thing I’d like to say is that although I think your aspirations are noble, they do not give ear to the intentions and inclinations of JayZ as well as Harry Belafonte. Jesus was objective and made discernible distinctions. You are painting a picture of roses but yet you are not putting in the work on your end. The danger in this is that you are blaring lines of distinction with love. We can come to love anything – even that which is evil and contrary to Gods word and His wishes.

    • Tiff Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 1:08 am

      How can you accept the struggle when the history makers downplay and reprimand you in the public’s eye. Respect goes both ways and its the approach that is wrong….what happened to man to man talks? IJS….throwing stones is not the way to reach the younger generation…..what prompted a public attack???? And it keeps going……..crazy!!!

  102. Elena Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I find that both Obama and Jay-Z have something in common: their big ego and narcissistic personality. Thomas Sowell or Benjamin Carson they are the role models for a younger generation and no way Zay-Z.

  103. Anthony Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I still think Jay-Z showed little respect for a man who have done so much. He’s a rapper, not a activist. And to compare himself to President Obama, is crazy.

    • trena Reply

      July 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      and vain. Then, as would any arrogant,greedy, opportunistic narcissist, he exploits his grandiose demeanor for profit……at Mr.Belafontes’ expense.

  104. Karl W. Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I dont want to say any theory of conspiracy but…its dark n h**l is hot. Jay z is doing what his spirit was sanctioned to do. From the time he was s*****d on his a*s at birth til now. His first breath came from a demonic spirit which will dwell with him until d***h. There is a place for those spirits but for now they lerc in waiting in hospitals waiting for a host. These are the spirits that were cast out of paradise to earth where they hold dominion for a time. The devil is devouring because the permission to persecute is extremely short. Because our daily life is a fragment we as intelligent beings are easily distracted from written accounts which we live in right now. IT WAS WRITTEN!!!!!

    • trena Reply

      July 26, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      What the h$$$ are you talking about?

  105. Audrey Newson Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Wow!..nothing else need to be articulated about that!!!. I totally agree with EVERYTHING STATED about J-Z, and Michael Jordan// neither one of those Brothers have shown any resemblance of sacrificing anything on behalf of the young men and women that have made them rich. I have dislike JZ every since I saw him on Cribs showing off his mansion with mink curtains and bull c**p like that while black boys are men are scrambling for jobs and in need of help.. these Michael Jordan expensive tennis shoes and c**p making this guy millions.. and to disrespect that icon makes me sick as well as with all of the entertainers that support of white supremacy. I do not respect JZ or Michael Jordan in any form or fashion. I am an ordinary mom of 2 sons and I make every effort to educate about how society view them and the black entertainers, sports men, women etc.. don’t give a dam about them or their disadvantages in this white supremacy society. I tell anyone who will listen young boys, girls etc.. I love black people and I feel so blessed to be black.. Those black folks that are conscious of what is going on in this society have to do something to combat and speak out against the atrocities engaged on black folk..

    • Debra Gunn Reply

      July 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      Lets me put in words of an everyday person like myself, I for one am sick and tired of our black leaders, megastars, rap stars, sports stars, or any one who has stood on the shoulders of those who made the sacrific for us to be where they are through their own hard work. from Dr.Watkins, Mr.Belafonte, Rev Sharpton, Rev Jackson Jay Z Dr. West this bickering back and forth like you are children with each other has got to stop. The indivduals who create and pass are who we should spend all of our time fighting the media is not the place each and every one you rub shoulders or no some one who does you could set a meeting to air this bull in private further more Mr Belafonte should remember when he was called a sell out so he knows how it feels yes we all should respect our elders my elders are also the ones who taught us that in order to get respect we must give respect no one is doing that here every one is entitle to thoughts feelings and to do what they please with their money yes we all have moral duty to give back doesn’t matter if we have money or not every black person has something that they can help another black person with Have you ever thought that this bikering back forth has a negative impact on the very same ones you state you want to help if you are airing differences in the publics eye even trying to get them to take sides creating even more diversity I feel you can say what you want have the courage and decency to do it in private because after all it was the way we use to be taught and a true gentleman would never mention the wife or mother of the male with whom he had a differences with so do you mind showing me your home training you know youre educated men that saying unkind things about one another solves nothing while the real enemy is setting free zimmermans on a daily basis sentencing black children and adults to deaths women want to lead because our men arent doing and some of us dont know what we doing because to many of us look to white woman whose job it is to weaken our men and their seed I dont see u as the problem I see u tripping so you dont come up with more solutions to further help solve the problems the enemy wears black robes suits and ties are sitting in seats they got when it was okay to k**l a person of color they do roll calls make laws they are so good that they have a black in power to make a small difference and he gives the strong impression that he doesnt want those behind him to use the same opportunities he used willie lynch smiling in his grave no laughing look at what you need to do to be a better citizen to your fellow blacks and lead us gosh darn it by example and calling each other out in public airing what you feel ( could be) their faults in public solves what? I am ashamed of you all from the top to the bottom and all points in between tou see the problems heck I see some of them the thing that I still cry about and the tragic d***h of another child has done something for us that we havent done in years UNITY sometimes nonviolence can come in the form of a nonverbal attack because verbal attacks do not bring about UNITY so i will end with if you really care stay focus on who the real true enemy is and I last checked gentlemen you were not the enemy Yet like a lot of the youths this middle age old woman whatever floats your bubble just tired of the foolishness show me the respect that I hope I earned by just at try to think on what I’ve said Black America will be better off. thank you and have better and blesseth tomorrow. Sincerely Debra E. Gunn

      • Tiff Reply

        July 27, 2013 at 1:02 am

        Finally!!!@Debra….someone with some knowledge and real sense spoke up and stated FACTS!!!?….Ms. Debra, can you write a news article? So sick of negative media in the black community….it makes me sad how we can sit here and throw dirt at one another and encourage such evil and negative thoughts in the media. Anyone that left a negative comment on this page is doing just what white media wants us to do—tear each other down. My people is too blind to see it….thanks again Ms. Debra Gunn for your comments…need more up building and positive dialogue during these horrible times…..word to the wise!!!

  106. Donita Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Jay-Z is trash

    • Tiff Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 1:21 am

      Wow…really Donita?…SMH

  107. 0dette Machado Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Young black men like Trayvon all over the world are mainly responsible for JZ’s success, JZ needs to stand up for justice for blacks in America

    • john Reply

      July 28, 2013 at 3:05 am

      I don’t know if you just want attention or you are just a self-hating individual that you cannot have compassion, but don’t confuse a conversation on how to proceed in the black community, with trashing the name of a youth that died If you are disrespectful, how do you expect to talk about anyone else’s behavior. Shame on you!

  108. Gail G Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    These artist today have no accountability. I swear, they are so rooted in materialism and have no understanding of what true activism is all about. Jay Z says “My presence is charity”…negro please…money is just an illusion of power. True power stands the test of time. MLK was a man of power. Mandela is a man of power. You are just another rich rapper/entrepreneur, and that’s where it ends for you.

    Image my excitement when I heard that Jay Z and Beyonce would be joining Steve Wonder’s Florida Boycott, only to learn that they “clarified” that they would not be joining the boycott. Didn’t I just see a picture of Jay Z and Bey with Trayvon Martin’s parents? So they can pose for a picture, but when it is time to put your money where your mouth is…they back out…typical. No respect for these artists. Let your money rule you, but in the end you will be known for what you did and not what you have.

    • MW Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      Just a bit of history for Jay Z. Harry Belefonte frequently held gatherings in his home to raise money to help pay to get civil rights activits out of jail when they were arrested. The movement had to be funded. Those on the street doing the work needed the help of others like Belefonte. Also, he was outspoken and visible about the mission of the movement. Jay Z, you may want to go into the archives and watch one of Mr. Belefonte’s movie, “White Man’s Burden.” Narcissism has its challenges. Also, go back to read the story of Narcissist. Education does not only happen in the classroom. “Hummmm!”

  109. christopher c Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Gear up for war stop bickering and do it the right way. You want respect you gotta take it. No more marching no more speeches. This s**t makes no sense. Who cares about this he said she said rhetoric. We all need to come together because if yall ain’t noticthey trying to bring back the good ole k**l a n****r days and we scolding each other in the media. Old young, rich, poor, if your black in this country. Get prepared….cause its about to go down.

    • stoicatheist Reply

      July 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      this bickering is nothing new. Lookup the Jackie Robinson Paul Robeson beef. PEOPLE disagree with other PEOPLE. Stop race baiting.

    • stoicatheist Reply

      July 26, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      …and you can’t TAKE respect. You gotta EARN IT! Just like anything else in life. That’s the part the young folks today don’t get.

      What’s do you call it when you take intimacy from a woman…RAPE!

  110. Gregory huff Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Although I deeply respect Mr. Belafonte I disagree with his method of confronting Jay-Z and his wife. As an old school Blackman you never run to the media and down another Blackman regardless. The Father of the Movement Martin L. King would have never done that to anyone!!!! Mr. Belafonte could have meet Jay-Z and told him anything he wanted to face to face!! He could have build some Rapport with the young man than schooled him. He should be wise enough to know you can’t come at this generation you have to use you mind like in the 60′s. M.L.King knew you can’t fight fire with fire so he took a more mental approach of non- violence. Just because he can Rap good and run businesses doesn’t mean Jay-Z’s prefect!! AND WHY JAY-Z, Micheal Jordan sells 200$ sneakers to young poor black kids that line up in front of stores with no security a night before they go on sell with many h**t r****d and jailed!! Never heard Mr. Belafonte call him out and what about Tiger Woods and the list goes on!! I feel it is something personal he has against the young couple!! And please don’t talk about Russell Simmons he runs a record label that promotes Blackmen as n*****s and women as b*****s and hoes and does that social work to keep people up off him!!! At least Jay-Z don’t have to front and for the record I’m no Jay-Z fan hate to n****r and hoes and b*****s in his songs!! But I do like Beyonce can’t wait to take my daughter to one of her concerts!!

    • Marg Reply

      July 26, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      Well said, Mr. Huff!

    • Diana M. Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      I hear where you’re coming from. Yes, Harry could have come to Jay Z in person and said what he had to say instead of saying it in the media, but who’s to say he hasn’t? And where’s the accountability in that? It seems that nowadays the only way people realize their own foolishness or work to do anything about it is when they’re publicly shamed for their actions or in this case inactions. He should be accountable to his public and if it takes outing him publicly to get this kind of reaction from him and show his true colors, then we should do this with a bunch of other famous people who are misrepresenting us or not representing us at all.

    • Kay Reply

      July 28, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      Sorry Mr. Huff, but you’ve got it wrong. Way before MLK, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B DuBois were disagreeing quite publicly about portrayals of the black community. I think the real issue is that Mr. Belafonte is old-school, from a time when the mentality of “black community” still existed, while for Jay-Z’s generation there’s no such concept. It’s the black “me-first” community that’s all about material culture – really different values from Mr. Belafonte’s time. Of course, there are many black people who still value education, community, family, but it’s not like that across the board. Jay-Z doesn’t see himself as a representative, he sees himself as someone who “got out”, and he measures his success in how far he can get from his roots. The unfortunate thing is, the more high-profile black people act like that, teh more it becomes part of the culture, something to aspire to. Personally, I agree with Mr. Belafonte on this one, but how can you change someone’s mind when they’re on a totally different page?

  111. christopher c Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    To ask jay z what he is going to do to save the black children justifies his stance of comparison to obama. The power of his presence i guess. But he is just a man. If his story does not inspire anyone I don’t see how much more.you can ask. Unlike most of these rappers he has not made mistakes and given money back to the system we all avoid.(American courts) but i understand that we as a people our entertainers could all do more. But it really the responsibility of the individual, the parents educating they’re children. The older generation needs to teach us how to lead instead of judging a person who made it from the dirt to diamonds. A phone works bellefante could have made a call. But then again he is challenging the guys in power in entertainment and sports. It.would be great if mj joined a fight..but whos going to come to his aid when they try to go after him. Before we start bashing people for not doing. Give them the army they need. Because we all know how the machine strikes.

    • stoicatheist Reply

      July 26, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      The mistake is not going at each other, but going at each other IN the media. It’s like a ball-player calling out his teammate by talking THROUGH a dirty reporter/media t**t in the locker room.

      Attacking someone IN the media leaves them no choice but to defend themselves WITH the media–MAN TO MAN is how you handle a disagreement.

      Dafuck has the media done for anybody but themselves. TWATS!!

    • wayne dread Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      if harry belafonte had called jay z, do you think we would be having this dialogue. I am one of those who know the same projects that jay z speaks about, and knows that history is emblazoned and superficial.. but thank god he made it to fifth ave before atlantic ave. and I will give him props for staying on fifth ave … but if I cant download it FREE I wont buy it…. THATS A
      RAP.

  112. stoicatheist Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I love hip-hop but this is probably the reason I never really took to Jay-Z as an artist: his whole materialistic persona. Look at his wife–she matches his watch–Gold, Expensive, Shiny–at least the watch can tell time.

    Jay-Z is the HCIC = Head Consumer In Charge. Waaaaaay to many black people base their whole lifestyle on what artists like Jay-Z endorse and push in their music and videos.

    Whatever good he MIGHT be doing by ‘showing-up” is negated by the materialisticism(it’s a word cuz I just made it up) he puts forth for consumption by people who can ill-afford to Keep Up With The Carters.

    Just cuz you never had nothin’ don’t mean you gotta buy one of everything just cuz you can.

  113. Truthbeliever Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you, Sigma 93, for taking time to enlighten me. I appreciate your giving relevant information. Now I can start to research more myself. If you’ll notice, not many people knew what Mr. Belafonte did, but pretty much everyone knows Jay Z. Sad commentary.

  114. Allyssa Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I totally agree with this response. Jay-Z an Beyonce have got life twisted and have no idea what charity is. When you give back, you give back time an attention to those less fortunate, you aren’t going to get any bigger being disrespectful to some one who has paved the way such as Harry Belafonte. The amount of respect for Jay-z in me is minimal, Beyonce is less than minimal. I really wish these celeb’s would stop and take a look at the followers they have created an notice that man of them will never be rich in money like them but they will be richer in heart and spirit. Calling yourself Hova, still sitting on a high horse and for what? You don’t have a soul you are poorer in soul than some one on the street. Accept what’s in the mirror, while you have your gold, where’s your heart. You can be from Marcy Projects but have you cleaned it up? Have you provided jobs to those who are jobless in that community? You’re empty Jay and to think your music and lyrics were so hot when I was a kid but now, I can’t even stand to hear you. So sad that you can’t hear what Belafonte meant in his statement, too focused on the gold.

  115. Krissy Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    So sick of our people criticizing each other. If we would come together ..we could Rule The World!

    • Sigma_Since 93 Reply

      July 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      I don’t have a problem with the criticism as long as it’s constructive; this criticism was constructive. Jay complains about stop and frisk in 99 problems; being from Marcy Projects he knows who tends to be the target of those stops. Jay could have EASILY teamed up with local grass roots organizatons and politicians who oppose stop and frisk and called upon his legion of followers to sign a petition amending stop and frisk policies. Since all politics are local, this had the potential to be a HUGE win in Brooklyn. This is the type of work in additon to cutting those checks Harry doesn’t see in Jay Z.

    • lavell Reply

      July 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      Are you doing anything to make that happen?

    • stoicatheist Reply

      July 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Black people ruling the world ay…that’s just flipping a dumb-a*s situation upside down. If the ruling class has no morality, empathy and compassion then it’s a selfish endeavor.

      And half the time the main ones claimeing the “stick-together” argument are the main ones trying to stick their cheap-a*s dollar-store velcro to someone else’s.

      How about we focus on making our s**t “stick-witable” cause brown-skin alone does not a fruitful partnership make.

    • stoicatheist Reply

      July 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Black people ruling the world ay…that’s just flipping a dumb-a*s situation upside down. If the ruling class has no morality, empathy and compassion then it’s a selfish endeavor.

      And half the time the main ones claiming the “stick-together” argument are the main ones trying to stick their cheap-a*s dollar-store velcro to someone else’s.

      How about we focus on making our s**t “stick-witable” cause brown-skin alone does not a fruitful partnership make.

      Other than that, I have no opinion on the matter.

  116. Arje Jackson Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I’m concerned that today’s Black America is over preoccupied with what others are expected to do for our community. I will not complain about Jay-Z, Puffy, Jordan, et al, indifference to the plight of Black America until I see more everyday people stand up and galvanize for change in our community. The fear doesn’t just begin with our high powered celebrities, but many of our Black people of power espouse fear that seems to lend itself to everyday people. Many of our inner cities and the sub government entities within are run by Black people. We have to first recognize individually our own complacency and lackadaisical interest just in our own communities before we start pointing fingers at people we really don’t know. The next time you meet with your friends, instead of talking about reality TV shows, clubbing, shopping, or another’s persons shortcomings please dialogue about the ills in your own community and things WE can all do to improve upon them. We cannot expect the likes of Jay-Z to do for our community what we ourselves are not willing to do.. Help us help Us.

  117. JOHN INDIO WASHINGTON Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I am 74 years and have been in the struggle for many many moons during the time of Mr. Belafonte and up to 2010 assisting the Homeless with my paper of Street News and I think that Jayz needs to just chill out.
    Mr. Harry Belafonte did everything he could to keep the struggle alive.
    If he wasn’t for giants of the past, we would not be where we are today.
    Mooney is power so stop in the name of greed and get back in the struggle young dude.
    AND RESPECT YOUR ELDERS OR ELSE!

  118. Truthbeliever Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 11:36 am

    You’re right. I was too young to know what Mr. Belafonte contributed. Guess I’ll have to look it up.

    • Rochelle Reed Reply

      July 26, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      HI Truthbeliever. Just by making that statement says a lot about you. Please look up and see what Mr. Belefonte did for people. The younger generation just do not get it. JayZ is standing on his shoulders. For the younger generation to say, that he is jealous because is old is laughable. And for J-Z to say his presence is charity is a joke and down right arrogant.

  119. Relada L. Miller Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I have always felt that J has skeletons that he fears will leak one day. And with this attitude, if they exist, they surely will. Started at the bottom, Now you’re here. What you gonna do now dear? Amen.

  120. Shamon Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Help me understand why are these rich Ppl leaving half of there money to charity ,how in the h**l is that going to help black Ppl? Half of the charity are crooks….smh

  121. Truthbeliever Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 10:44 am

    While Jay-Z nor Beyonce are my favorites, I have a certain amount of admiration for them. I happen to like Harry Belafonte, but what the h**l did he ever do for Black folk?

    • Sigma_Since 93 Reply

      July 26, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Harry was very active in the Civil Rights Movement on the front lines and supplying capital. He used his platform as an artist to promote social issues when he performed on tv in addition to his humantiarian efforts.

    • Faith Reply

      July 26, 2013 at 11:03 am

      For you to ask what Harry has done for black folks would imply that you have been living under a rock for the last how many years?

      • Sigma_Since 93 Reply

        July 26, 2013 at 11:06 am

        Or not old enough to realize / identify his role in the struggle.

    • A Brown Reply

      July 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Are you serious? You need to do your research before asking a question like that.

    • Max Reply

      July 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Your comment is living proof how ignorant too many black americans are, assuming you’re indeed a black american. We will never seen or hear a Jewish person saying such negative things about other jews and their place in history, because jews make sure to honor and cherise their culture. But leave it to the Negro to destory himself, who not only doesnt know anything but is proud to be ignorant and stupid. Just give the Negro his bag of weed, cheap liquor and self degrading c**p music and he will be happy and easily controlled.

  122. Gigi Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 10:20 am

    “What in the world are you afraid of? That white people are going to take it all away from you?”

    Of course he is. Jay-Z has sold his soul to white corporate America in exchange for fame and wealth. Do you really think he’s going to risk it to fight for blacks?

    Jay-Z is NOT a man. He’s a little boy stuck in a man’s body. What grown 40-something “man” STILL raps about materialism and dumb shallow stuff that has very little meaning and usefulness other than to destroy black minds with ignorance. He REALLY needs to step up his game on so many levels.

    Dr. Boyce, I think you give Jay-Z entirely too much credit. Other than making some business deals (some off the backs of blacks and the poor), what exactly has he done that’s so great? Stop making this man-child out to be more than what he is and hoping that he will become something he never will be or has a desire to become. He’s perfectly happy and content with being an ignorant corporate puppet.

    • Tiff Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 12:49 am

      Gigi…sit down somewhere and stop being negative……what do u do fro the community?

  123. Sigma_Since 93 Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Very well put Dr. Watkins. I love the Ali vs. Jordan analogy because the same thing applies to Jay Z; he’s only scratching the surface of the influence he could truly have by putting more boots on the ground.

    Mr. Carter is too beholden to Corporate America and an unpopular stance would cause him to potentially lose capital he’s gained over the years; this is why Harry B. gave Bruce Springstein props because Bruce for years has been puttin’ in that work for causes he believes in at the expense of his pockets. The difference between Ali, Joe Lewis, Bill Russell, Harry B and Jay, Jordan, Puffy, and some other modern day stars is that they have shown they will not publically take a stand and publically deal with any backlash associated with that stand.

  124. Al Johnson Artist Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I think it is unfortunate that JayZ lacking in this situation is vision. Rear view vision …he can boast about coming from the projects and all his hard work sitting in the studio and putting together his crafts. These two black men, Harry Belafonte and JayZ come from a whole different mind sects of contemporary black entertainment. At the end of the day they are happy with what and who they are. We talk of them like they owe us more or they deserve so much respect. Let us be reminded one thing ….and the importance of this one thing, the contents of one’s character. That Word Contents bares a lot on what is done with this character. Both of these black men has made millions of people happy and millions of dollars too. Someday it’s not going to matter how much wealth. I don’t see either of these examples in both of these men changing,Harry will continue to uphold to his status as an entertainer/civil rights spokesmen for change.Jay Z got his status as an entertainer/business investor. Look into both of these men’s eyes. They both have seen suffering from our people. In our history we all have this understanding, to have been oppressed is one thing and to now having our moment in glory. Now what more can we expect to accept ? Here is the classical tale being told ….of a man who should be respected as a leader and the other man whom is very rich and only cares about what people think of his art. His image to the public , is important to him and his business. Harry has an opinion and Jay Z doesn’t have to respond. Not in public he doesn’t Harry can say what ever is his heart tells his to do so. He earned that status. JayZ, in the universe of things ,i hope you too should understand to know you don’t have to always respond to being criticized. There’s nothing wrong here and yes you Jay Z is entitled to a word of wisdom from Harry. It’s okay to also remember, there is going to be a day where the money is not going to matter…Wise up young lion …peAce

  125. Joseph Orlando Blaylock Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Well my 2 cents is I fill where Harry coming from, but with respect Mr Belafonte was out line saying what he said and most likely the way he said it.Now I’ve said some thing’s too about rich black people like Jay Z,but I spoke with respect and I would never put somebody on public blast about there wealth.Now that’s so plain and simple that’s Jay Zs business and B’s to do what ever that they want, you just don’t do that so yeah right he got p****d off.Now with respect I think Mr Belafonte should know better.Now I said with respect these football and basketball player’s should be billionair’s with the upper hand they have,and notice how I said nobody’s name,but plain and simple it’s there money so bee it.

  126. Edlaire Theophile Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Its interesting to read all these comments, and see everyone blast Jay-Z for his opinion and feelings on the matter. Regardless of how anyone feels about both individuals, Mr. Belafonte or Mr.Carter both men have given back to their community. Its clear as day that its apples to oranges, as to whats given back to their communities. I’m beginning to see what the issue is, that everyone is expecting handouts from the few blacks that actually develop wealth. Instead of being so critical of what Jay-Z thinks of his elders, everyone can actually take this kind of time to think of how to elevate the black community ourselves. Its sad, to see that everyone can at one moment be on the Obama band-wagon and be happy to have the first black president. Then suddenly call him a failure or sell out the next, no one can begin to feel or realize the pressure he deals with on a daily basis. At some point in time, I don’t know when but we failed to stick together and learn that disagreements like these could actually still lead to bettering ourselves in a whole. These discussions are what use to happen behind close doors, that help us figure out what was the next best step for us. an example of two black leaders who disagreed but ultimately wanted and did the best of what they could for blacks everywhere were Malcolm and Martin Luthor.

  127. David2001 Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 7:43 am

    He uses himself and President Obama as an example of giving hope. Bad example. IMO both are failures when it comes to giving black Americans hope. I’m fed up with this trickle down theory that our black wealthy class love to espouse. White ethnics who became rich and successful in America invested with their own, economically built up their communities and projected a position image of themselves. But not our rich successful Negros like Jay Z. They love to think their success will flow down to the black masses not by actually doing something of substance but through inspiration. To say that Jay Z and other black entertainer buffoons represent charity and hope with their mere present is laughable. That would be like saying the black minstrel shows years ago $uccess was giving black people hope.

    We need to stop worshiping these sell outs simply because they’re rich. Just because they throw the occasionally tax deductible charitable crumbs to black people doesn’t mean we should turn a blind eye to the poisonous racial stereotypes they sell and represent. Far too many black entertainers like him build their fortunes on selling the worst imagery of black people to the white masses in the WHITE MEDIA. Jay Zero is upset that Harry B criticized him in the white media but he makes his money calling us n_gg_r, black women b_tches and celebrating drug dealing in that same white media. But he’s upset over what Harry Belafonte said about him in that same white media.

  128. Tiffany Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Blah blah blah…. Apparently y’all haven’t heard about any of the great things Jay Z has done for charities, national tragedies, or the crappy place he came from. Just because he hasn’t made any great strides pertaining to strictly black folks, doesn’t mean he’s this terrible person y’all are making him out to be. I’m sick of hearing about this. Get over it!! Our economy is effed and half of our d**n country is supported by the other halves taxes!! Let’s focus on a REAL issue for once!!!

  129. Arreba Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Jay-Z is being stubborn, obnoxious, cocky, amd disrespectful toward his elders….point blank. That alone shows how ignorant and shallow he is. However, I think his antics are a drop in the bucket compared to jerks like P Diddy and Kanye West…

  130. Tracey Lin Miller Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 5:57 am

    I don’t believe Jay-Z’s defensive stance has anything to do with Harry Belafonte or anyone outside of himself. He’s from the projects; the worse and lowest possible place a black person can be. Through his own talent he has lifted himself up out of this to become one of the richest, most talented people in the entertainment industry. His self esteem is built upon this fragile foundation. To acknowledge that he might have missed a b**t in becoming a man, when he is the envy of so many, is unthinkable for him.

    In reality he’s no different from the young black man still stuck in the gangsta’, gang banging mentality; his esteem is based upon being the baddest dude in his hood. The only difference is in the location of the hood. For one it is at the bottom of the pile, for the other, it’s the top of the heap.

    Until Jay-Z realizes that in spite of all the superficial trappings of wealth and fame, he’s still the same person he was when he was at the bottom of the heap, fearing that he was going to be stuck there. He has not grown in spirit, only in prosperity. But if that prosperity is not evident in a more prosperous spirit, than, nothing has changed. History should have shown Jay-Z and all others who think that material gain is going to save you, that this is a fallacy.

    The moment he p****s someone in power off, is the moment he’ll be destined to return to the bottom of the pile, unless he develops the spiritual growth that makes him a victor in all areas of his life and is not part and parcel of superficial gain. The courage of spirit means you can never be broke or broken. How do you gain this? By carrying others in your spirit.

    • ralphlow Reply

      July 26, 2013 at 8:09 am

      Thanks for your words. couldnt have said it better.

    • ms.ms Reply

      July 26, 2013 at 9:13 am

      Tracey Lin, thank you. Very well said. We often forget to consider that perspectives become reality for humans.

    • Herman Dawson Jr, Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 3:37 am

      Tracey:

      I’m also from the projects. Taft Projects in Manhattan. Your statement, “He’s from the projects; the worse and lowest possible place a black person can be.” Many good wholesome black people come out of the projects. I resent your statement about people that grow up in the projects. It’s totally not true or representative of many black college graduates that “grew up in the projects.” Herman, Jr.

  131. Amos Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 2:28 am

    JayZ has shown me over the years, that he is all about himself. Ive followed his music career from the days when Big Daddy Kane put him on. He has always had a big head and thought that the sun rose and set on him. He uses the (N) word like its a form of nourishment to his soul.Whats sad is, the younger generation thinks its cool to call everybody including themselves the (N) word. If you are mr charity JayZ, then you need to be a game changer as well. This man had disrespected the black community more than any one i know (Black that is, in the entertainment world). He should have never Disrespected Harry Belafonte or any other Black icon. He needs some old school values, RESPECT YOUR ELDERS!

  132. Tony Regusters Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 2:24 am

    Jay-Z and that whole immature, Unilluminated crowd of Illuminati wannabees are too ridiculous to even waste time commenting on; however, since this idiot disrespected one of the last surviving Black superstars (for real, by talent, not because of money in the bank, and heart sold-out to the record industry and an ability to stomp around on stage poppin’ rhymes!!), I must add a comment that I hope makes its way into his peanut-sized brainpan. It is your arrogance and inability to put one meaningful word in front of the other that betrays you for the fool you are. You’re unbelievable and should be ashamed, however, I know that you won’t be, you’ll just continue laboring under the false belief that you’re actually important to black people or to the world; you’d have to be a Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, or Miles Davis to approach that kind of respect. Your comment that your presence is charity has to be one of the most ignorant and asinine statements I’ve ever heard. Why would THAT be true!?? Son, your time in the light will soon be overtaken by the shadow, and when you are humbled it will be too late to beyonce back. Enjoy your early retirement. The Ancestors don’t like ugly.

  133. Marva Berry Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Thank You, Dr. Boyce for being a courageous voice of conscience on so many issues and for using your influence to elevate the thinking of our people and to generate serious conversations in our community.

  134. Anthony Hegler Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 1:26 am

    I say it again, dont judge this man if your not out in the streets talking to our young men. Alot of you one here probably go work and go home everyday, without stopping by your local YMCA to see if they need mentors.

  135. angela harrison Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 1:01 am

    jay-z is a joke !!! his woman portrays a white woman !!! while people don’t even believe that she had his baby for being so vain !!! it’s black men like him that make us look so stupid around the world. no wonder the government does’t want to help us !!! white people look at it like you have all these black billionaires and if they don’t want to do anything to help their own people …. why should we !!!!i if jayz really wanted to get the respect he thinks he deserves he would have long ago gathered all his so called millionaires friends and went to every major black city in usa and spend some of those millions to give blacks an upper hand on education and how bout good lawyers to help stop mass incarceration !!! he’s a house n***a, who thinks he has a simulated so well in white society that they won’t notice he’s black and he can turn a blind eye to the degradation our children and families are suffering through !!! he’s right we do see him just like obama…. a black president who white people got him so shook he scared to even mention the word black !!! our black basketball players, football , rappers, actors who make millions pretends not to recognize the suffering of black people and see’s no need in building up black communities to make them stronger for future generations!! the black millionaires have enough money to change the whole dynamics in our community…but they to selfish and busy suckin out the white mans a*s to build a strong black nation!!! thank god that we did have real revolutionaries and have learned how to recognize what we a deal wit !!! jayz nd his wife are the poster child of what white supremacy creates in house negroes with money!! black revolutions don’t need oreo Negros like obama or jayz! RBG4LYFE >>*<< ABIBIFAHODIE BLACK POWA

    • Tiff Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 12:40 am

      Pleaseeeeeee!!!!! Why do you guys keep hating and expecting black celebrities to be your key for help? Look in the mirror people and stop telling others what they should be doing. Why reprimand and put down one another in the national media. So tired of this negativity these days and all these writers and celebrities hating on our own. WAKE UP BLACK PEOPLE…….no other race does this to their own…….negativity is killing us as a race and everyone hating against anyone in our community is contributing to our own DESTRUCTION!!SO SAD….

      • Nunaubiznez Reply

        July 29, 2013 at 6:28 pm

        Tiff I sincerely think you are missing the point. To whom much is given much is expected. The writer is not saying a hand out should be given to anyone and he is not saying for Jay-Z to give any his riches. (It is only wealth when one understands the flow of currency). He wants him to stand up for something much more greater than money. I concur with Dr. Watkins statement. I was one of Jay-Z’s biggest fan. I observed that a call to action had to be made on many occasions in order for him to even become active in the fight for justice for Trayvon Martin. Don’t be a puppet Jay! That’s all I am saying.

    • Frank Simmons Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      Angela Harrison, I agree with so much you so and think your comments have hit the nail on the head.
      Jay-Z is a sell out to me and none of these artists can touch the level of Harry Belafonte. When Jay-Z does what even Alicia Keyes has done with her HIV-AIDS work in Africa then I will think he can have something to say back to dispute Harry B. Good comments of yours. Thank for your words!!

  136. Wayne Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 12:27 am

    This just shows that Jay Z is definitely un-educated and not very well read. It shows that Obama has no true respect for Black People or the love that they have showed him . And I say this to mean this clown rapper uses the n word on every recors that he makes which is why Whites buy them . Obama had him and his ghetto wife at the white house ? I’m not going to sit back give either one of them respect because of what they accomplished in racist america. How can you over come what god made you and why should you have to ? f**k this jigaboo clown .

  137. William Arnett Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 12:18 am

    This is an ARGUMENT, similar to, who is the best fighter, ALI or Joe Louis! Different Times, and Different Circumstances, are impossible to analyze appropriately! I lived through the Belafonte years, and in Reflection, maybe it seems that Harry, is getting BIGGER REVIEWS, now for then, than he actually received then!

    Being Facebook friends with, LIL WAYNE, CHRIS BROWN, NIKI MINAJ, BEYONCE, KELLY, PRINCE, et al., I will tell you that their conversations would shock you, by their immaturity! Because they are multi-millionaires, we expect a certain level of sophistication….but it is not there, they are still just, RICH KIDS”! Wealthy, way beyond their social growth….plus their world, is HIP HOP, a pugnacious culture, admittedly! Additionally Wealth makes you headstrong, thus often limiting ones social growth! WISDOM, finds a SMOOTH way to make its points, without confrontation, which stifles progress entirely! Easy Does it, if Harry had approached Jay-Z, in a different way initially, Jay would have hugged him to d***h, but you can’t SLAM a guy, and expect him to love you, ESPECIALLY IF HE’S A GANGSTER, use to be!

    • Tiff Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 1:12 am

      Thanks@William

    • Nunaubiznez Reply

      July 29, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      I think Jay-Z is one of the greatest lyricists of all times. I am however, slightly perplexed and perturbed by his rebuttal to Harry Belafonte’s statement. Do you know Jay from Marcy projects? Or are you just Facebook friends? You are aware of the immaturity of these Hip Hop stars as you have stated, so my question is as follows. Do you think a different approach would have made a difference or solved anything? Would he have listened to what Mr. Belafonte had to say and consciously decide to make a difference? The arrogance of some of these stars are immeasurable. There are community volunteers and activists with far less who are doing much more. I know with all certainty that he is aware of the extent to which this argument has change the views of many individuals towards him.

  138. Rev. Jenkins Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Dr. Boyce this is an excellent and well-thought out response to Jay-Z’s disrespect and ignorance of the importance of the legacy of Mr. Bellafonte and the absolute waste of his influence.

  139. Davy Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Jayz you’re still so offensive I can’t get over your disrespect, add insult you’re telling us about HOPE Barak Obama’s hope & for who, the World? The World now hates Obama, Please!:Jay-z should respect the fact that Harry is twice his age. Harry did more for black America before the age of 30 than Jay-Z will probably do for the rest of his life.Harry Belafonte sits in league with MLK MX Patrice Lumumba Franz Fanon all pillars of freedom and not mere hope or dreams of wealth. You can never sit in any of their shoes nor will Barak Obama.

  140. jesse herriott Reply

    July 25, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    all I can say is Dr. Boyce summed it up, lol…..there’s no need to comment on this one-lol

    • Helen Kennedy Reply

      July 29, 2013 at 7:50 am

      I agree; been saying the same all along in my pastoral voice. Therefore, I will just share the article – maybe someone else will see the light!

  141. Davy Reply

    July 25, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Jayz you’re still so offensive I can’t get over your disrespect, add insult you’re telling us about HOPE Barak Obama’s hope & for who, the World? The World now hates Obama, Please!:Jay-z should respect the fact that Harry is twice his age. Harry did more for black America before the age of 30 than Jay-Z will probably do for the rest of his life.Harry Belafonte sits in league with MLK MX Patrice Lumumba Franz Fanon all pillars of freedom and not mere hope or dreams of wealth. You can never sit in any of their shoes nor with Barak Obama.

    • T.Wilson Reply

      July 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      dUDE YOUR DUMB AS f**k,GROW SOME b***s,IN THE MEAN TIME SUHT THE f**k UP

      • Diana M. Reply

        July 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm

        You’re kidding right? With this comment? What the heck does that even say? If you don’t agree with this mans’ statement, you develop an argument, gather and provide evidence and state your case. Educate your self please because this kind of ignorance only serves to promote stereotypes.

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